UPDATED, Friday: After a brief live performance by Elton John on the South Garden of the White Home on Friday night, President Joe Biden awarded the legendary singer with the Nationwide Humanties Medal, a lot to his surprse.
“I’m by no means flabbergasted, however I’m flabbergasted,” John mentioned, as he was near tears.
The occasion was sponsored by A&E Networks, which is holding the annual Historical past Talks occasion in D.C. that includes a lineup of audio system together with George and Laura Bush, George Clooney and Doria Kearns Goodwin.
John sang Your Music, Tiny Dancer, Rocketman, Don’t Let the Solar Go Down On Me, Crockidile Rock and I’m Nonetheless Standing.
As he first took the stage throughout the night, he mentioned, “I don’t know what to say. What a dump,” he quipped, earlier than getting severe.
“I’ve performed in some locations earlier than which might be lovely, however that is most likely the icing on the cake. It’s fantastic to be right here amongst individuals who have helped my basis and my heroes, those that work on daily basis on the entrance line. Teaches, nurses, all people who has helped. They’re the heroes to me.”
PREVIOUSLY: Elton John will carry out on the White Home subsequent week for an occasion, A Night time When Hope and Historical past Rhyme.”
In accordance with an invitation that went out in current days, the singer will carry out on the South Garden of the White Home on Friday.
He’ll be the newest entertainer to carry out on the White Home because it returns to regular following Covid, albeit attendees are required to get examined.
James Taylor carried out this week on the South Garden at a ceremony marking the passage of the Inflation Discount Act.
The Bidens additionally hosted a pre-taped In Efficiency on the White Home in December. That occasion featured performances by Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, Virginia Bocelli, Camila Cabello, Eric Church, Jonas Brothers, Norah Jones, Pentatonix and Billy Porter.
The Elton John occasion is in collaboration with A+E Networks and The Historical past Channel. The Historical past Channel is internet hosting its dwell Historical past Talks occasion on Sept. 24.
Biden’s predecessor held few leisure occasions, as many musical artists shunned White Home visits throughout Donald Trump’s presidency. However Trump did host a ceremony for the Nationwide Medal of Arts and Humanities to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss and James Patterson, amongst others.