For the upcoming CBS special Elton John, I’m Still Standing: A Grammy Salute which is set to air in 2018, several of our favorite country stars have signed to join and pay tribute to the legendary music icon.
Among the major country music acts set to perform for Elton John are Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Maren Morris. The said tribute will be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 30. Miley Cyrus, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend, and Sam Smith are also slated to perform alongside the country artists who will also be singing songs in light of Elton John’s brilliant career.
Elton John is one of the most highly acclaimed musicians, singer-songwriters, and composers of the 20th century. As a multi-talented artist, he dominated multiple genres like rhythm and blues, rock, pop rock, soft rock, and glam rock. He is also adept at playing the piano. He has also worked with several music labels, like MCA, Geffen, Rocket, Island Def Jam, and Philips. His first break happened in 1969 after he released his album Empty Sky. In 1967, John saw an ad for a songwriter from Liberty Records, a calling which he immediately responded to. That was when he began writing songs for other artists and even collaborated closely with lyricist Bernie Taupin.
His other hits include Island Girl, Your Song, Crocodile Rock, Bennie and the Jets, Rock of the Westies and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Elton John received numerous awards throughout his career. In 1995, Academy Awards awarded him Best Original Song for The Lion King’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight, while he was nominated for the same categories for the songs Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata. All songs were used for the said animated film.
He was nominated for three Grammy awards in 1971: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Vocalist. For the following years, he continued receiving various Grammy nominations for his incredible work. He also took home Grammys for 1995 Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Can You Feel the Love Tonight, 1997 Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Candle in the Wind, 2001 Best Musical Show Album for Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, and the 2000 Tony Awards for Best Original Musical Score for Aida.
Due to the immense amount of achievements and contributions that Elton John has given to the music industry, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow says,
“Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades. 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.”
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