Elton John Wins An Emmy For His Concert Special, Launching Him Into EGOT Status

After earning his first-ever Emmy, Elton John became an EGOT—a recipient of the Tony, Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy awards—becoming only the 19th individual to accomplish the feat.

The 76-year-old British singer-songwriter Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium won outstanding variety special live at the Los Angeles awards ceremony on Monday night, but he was unable to accept the trophy because of a knee surgery.

With this Emmy win, John now has five Grammys, two Academy Awards (for The Lion King’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Rocketman’s (I’m Gonna Love Me Again), and a Tony Award for Best Original Score for the musical composition.

Furthermore, Elton is the second-oldest artist to win the EGOT; English actor Sir John Gielgud, who won the sweep in 1991, was 87 years and four months old. John expressed his gratitude to David Furnish, one of the special’s executive producers, and streamer Disney+.

John also thanked his longtime songwriter Bernie Taupin, who was shy around the spotlight, and the show’s special guests, Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, and Kiki Dee, who joined him on stage that evening. Friends and fellow musicians congratulated John on his new win, including Carlile, Donatella Versace, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Maren Morris, and fashion icon Donatella Versace.

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