Kaynaat Naeem | December 18, 2017
“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”
Elton has a career spanning more than three decades, he sold 35 gold albums, 25 platinum, more than 300 million records and above all, he did a staggering number of 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries. He has had a long history with the Grammy Awards, and won five of them.
★ 1987 – Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for That’s What Friends Are For, performed by Dionne Warwick & Friends.
★ 1992 – Best Instrumental Composition for Basque, performed by James Galway.
★ 1995 – Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the Lion King.
★ 1997 – Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Candle in the Wind 1997.
★ 2001 – Best Musical Show Album for Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.
“I’m still standing: The Grammy Salute to Elton John” is set to take place on January 30 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Just two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Many renowned blockbuster musical talents will be paying tribute to the artist by performing a selection of his greatest hits. Stars include: Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, Keith Urban. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades,” Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy said in a statement. “His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community.”
“Elton John is an undeniable force within the music industry, and I can’t think of a better musician to honor at this special GRAMMY Salute,” Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of AEG Ehrlich Ventures said in a statement “We’re proud to pay tribute to his artistry, and can’t wait to see what the participating musicians have in store for this momentous celebration of Elton’s work.”