The Grammy Academy has announced, in conjunction with CBS, a special live concert in honor of Elton John.
This epic salute to an absolute legend will take place on January 30th in NYC’s iconic Madison Square Garden. The event will be taped and will later air on CBS for those of us who can’t make the trip to the Big Apple.
The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades so this will certainly be a night to remember.
Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has clocked over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 300 million records sold worldwide.
The Recording Academy has bestowed Elton with multiple Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Legend Award and MusiCares Person of the Year honor in 2000. Three of his recordings have also been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, earning him an Academy Award. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle Of Life.”
The Tony Award®-winning Broadway production of Aida earned Elton a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Meanwhile. Billy Elliot was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony Awards and won 10, including Best Musical.
In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations.
The accolades go on… In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. In 2013, Elton was honored as the first recipient of the prestigious BRITs Icon Award.
We can’t think of a more fitting opening to welcome the new year than a salute to Sir Elton John.