The legendary musician Elton John is on a lengthy “farewell tour” throughout the globe.
John is a musical legend, renowned for such enormous hits as “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Tiny Dancer.”
Elton John, a friend of the late Princess Diana, played his song “Candle in the Wind” at her memorial ceremony following her untimely passing.
In addition to collaborating with other musical titans, he has composed soundtracks for musicals such as “The Lion King.”
John has generated funds for a variety of philanthropic causes in addition to his musical accomplishments.
Some may recall John’s duet with Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder on the 1986 Grammy-winning hit “That’s What Friends Are For,” which benefited the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
According to John’s own website, he launched the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Elton John Charitable Trust, and the Elton John Sports Fund, all of which are devoted to charitable giving.
He also worked to raise funds for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which helped “track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them,” according to WHO’s website.
His journey has taken him to play and receive an accolade at the Biden White House.
John, who was at the White House on Friday to sing for A+E and History’s “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” was genuinely stunned and grateful when the president addressed the crowd of thousands. Biden stated, “Tonight is my great honor, and I mean this sincerely, to present the National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John.”
An official from the White House emphasized on John’s efforts, stating, “The President of the United States awards this National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John for moving our souls with his powerful voice, one of the defining songbooks of all time. An enduring icon and advocate with absolute courage, who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma and advance a simple truth: that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”
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According to The New York Times, “his appearance was part of a larger celebration that was meant to honor people whom the White House called ‘everyday history makers’: teachers, nurses, emergency and mental health workers, students, and activists.”
The president took the occasion to present John with the National Humanities Medal, which “honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects,” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities website. CONTINUE READING…