Elton John has been awarded the Nationwide Humanities Medal by US president Joe Biden.
The British icon was awarded the medal on the White Home as a part of an occasion titled ‘A Night time When Hope and Historical past Rhyme’ – which celebrated academics, college students, frontline employees, and LGBTQIA advocates. Over 2,000 folks have been in attendance, with notable attendees together with former first girl Laura Bush, schooling activist Malala Yousafzai in addition to AIDS activist Jeanne White-Ginder.
On the occasion, John performed a slew of his hits, together with ‘Your Music,’ ‘Rocket Man’ ‘Tiny Dancer’, and ‘Crocodile Rock’, a track personally vital to President Biden. On the finish of the occasion, the singer was awarded the medal for his musical profession, in addition to his long-time activism for HIV/AIDS efforts. Upon receiving the medal, John was visibly shocked and touched, breaking into tears.
In a press release learn on the ceremony, John was credited “for transferring our souls together with his highly effective voice and one of many defining track books of all time. A permanent icon and advocate with absolute braveness, who discovered goal to problem conference, shatter stigma and advance the easy fact – that everybody deserves to be handled with dignity and respect.”
Watch John obtain the medal beneath:
“I’m by no means flabbergasted, however I’m flabbergasted, and humbled, and honoured by this unbelievable award from america of America,” John remarked on the ceremony. “I’ll treasure this a lot, and can make me double my effort to ensure this illness goes away. America’s kindness to me as a musician is second to none, however within the battle towards AIDS and HIV is even larger.”
The occasion was a detour from John’s present Farewell Yellow Brick Street tour. John’s final go to to the White Home was in 1998, when Invoice Clinton welcomed Tony Blair in a state dinner.