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After the Emmys, Elton John makes history



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Recently awarded an Emmy, Elton John became the 19th artist to achieve EGOT status, a highly coveted set of awards.

No matter the age, all generations know Sir Elton John, the British singer-songwriter who is also one of the most successful musicians of all time. The career of the man who is also known as “Rocketman” has been in existence for sixty years, having released more than forty albums over the decades. As one of the most successful musicians of all time, Elton John has already been honored with the industry’s highest awards and, this year, he even made history, joining a list that very few have access to.

In 1987, Elton John was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, thus beginning the race for the most important entertainment awards. Throughout his impressive career, the musician won three other Grammys, in addition to two Oscars and a Tony. However, the musician still lacked the distinction of an Emmy to be able to achieve the grand slam of entertainment. The feat happened in 75th edition of the Emmys in which Elton John was distinguished in the category of Best Variety Special for concert filmElton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium“. With this award, the interpreter of Circle of Life achieved the much-coveted status of EGOT.

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The composer Richard Rodgers (responsible for the soundtrack of “Música no Coração”) was the first artist to achieve EGOT status, that is, to win the highest awards in the entertainment industry – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar It is Tony. The term appeared in an interview given by the actor Phillip Michael Thomasbut gained greater strength with the series “30 Rock”, with the character played by Tina Fey. In all of history, only eighteen artists had won all four awards, making Elton John the 19th member of the list. Three other people achieved EGOT status but through winning honorary awards.

In addition to Elton John and Richard Rodgers, the list of artists with EGOT status also includes Helen Hayes (“The Sin of Madelon Claudet”), the first woman to receive the status; Rita Moreno (“West Side Story“), the only artist of Latin origin; John Gielgud (“Arthur”), the oldest actor to be awarded; Audrey Hepburn (“Boneca de Luxo”), which received the status after a posthumous award; Marvin Hamlisch (composer of “Behind the Candelabra“); Jonathan Tunick (composer of the soundtrack for the musical version of “Titanic”); Mel Brooks (“The Producers”); Mike Nichols (director of “Hollywood Memories”); Whoopi Goldberg (“Ghost – Spirit of Love); Scott Rudin (producer of “Seals“); Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer of tem Don’t Cry For Me Argentina); Tim Rice (composer of “Aladin”); Robert Lopez (theme author Let it Go); John Legend (interpreter of All of Me); Alan Menken (composer of the soundtrack for “The Little Mermaid“); Jennifer Hudson (“Respect“) It is Viola Davis (“Fences”).


As the son of a trumpet player, Elton John began studying music at just seven years of age, and immediately stood out, which led him to win a scholarship to the British Academy of Music. Gradually, he began performing at smaller parties for his family and, at fifteen, he was hired as a pianist at a local pub. Later, he joined a band with which he achieved some success. But the biggest highlight came when he started a partnership with Bernie Taupin, in 1967, a partnership that continues today. The following year, Elton John made his solo debut, always with the help of Taupin in composing his lyrics, and became one of the greatest musicians of all time.

The first single by Elton John came up with Your Songin 1969, and since then, the musician has released songs such as Candle in the Wind It is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Furthermore, the musician stood out for composing the soundtrack for iconic films such as “The Lion King“, which won him an Oscar for the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight. The feat was repeated later with the theme (I’m Gonna) Love me Againcomposed for the autobiographical film “Rocketman“, performed by Dexter Fletcher.

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Elton John on the set of “Rocketman” | © 2018 Paramount Pictures

Over the last six decades, Elton John has managed to place more than fifty songs in the British and United States Top Charts, being one of the best-selling artists of all time and the solo singer who has put his name in the magazine the most times.billboard” North-American. For everything you have done for the UK music industry and beyond, Queen Elizabeth II decorated Elton John, in 1998, with the Order of Knightgiving him the important title of ‘Sir’.

By receiving the Emmy in the 75th edition, Elton John asserts himself as one of the greatest musicians in history. The singer was not present at the ceremony, but left a message after his victory:

I feel incredibly honored to join the extremely talented group of EGOT winners. The journey to this moment has been one of passion, dedication, and unwavering support from my fans around the world. Tonight was a testament to the power of art and the joy it brings to our lives. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my career, I feel incredibly grateful.”

In addition to an Emmy, five Grammys, two Oscars and a Tony, Elton John also has two Golden Globes, a Laurence Olivier Award and a Kennedy Center Honorin addition to many other relevant awards.


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