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Elton John
Hometown: London
Web site: http://www.eltonjohn.com
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Biography:
The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and has sold over 250 million records worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded John multiple Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award, as well as honored him with the Music Cares Person of the Year Award. Additionally, last November Elton was the first artist honored by the Billboard Touring Conference with their Legend of Live award, which recognizes those in the concert business who have made a significant and lasting impact on the industry.
On March 25th Elton celebrated his 60th birthday with his 60th concert at Madison Square Garden. The entire performance was recorded and will be released October 2nd as a two-disc DVD set titled “Live at Madison Square Garden”. This exclusive DVD set features all 33 songs performed that night as well as special features including rare live performances throughout Elton’s storied career.
He also continues to perform his critically acclaimed "Red Piano" show exclusively at Caesars Palace.
In the early 1990s, John embarked on song writing collaborations with lyricist Tim Rice, resulting in the soundtrack to the Walt Disney Pictures blockbuster The Lion King, for which he won an Academy Award. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles for John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” In 1997, The Lion King debuted on Broadway, receiving six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and in 1998, a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. In March 2000, the Tony Award-winning Aida opened on Broadway and John was honored with another Grammy for the Best Musical Show Album. The smash-hit stage production of Billy Elliot, for which John composed the music, is currently running in London and garnered John a top-five hit in the UK with the song “Electricity.” Billy Elliot was nominated for a record 9 Oliver Awards, winning Best Musical, among others.
A great humanitarian, John’s commitment to the fight against AIDS led to the inception of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (U.S. and London) has raised over $100 million to date making the Elton John AIDS Foundation one of the largest public non-profit organizations in the AIDS arena.
In December of 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. In 1998, he was knighted by the Queen of England who honored him with the title Sir Elton John, CBE.













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