December 1, 2022

President Biden stunned Elton John by bestowing him with the Nationwide Humanities Medal throughout a live performance on the White Home on Friday.

The South Garden efficiency was a part of A&E Networks and The Historical past Channel’s “A Evening When Hope and Historical past Rhyme,” an occasion celebrating “on a regular basis heroes” like nurses, academics, and activists. John carried out hits like “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man” on the occasion, however the artist, who created the Elton John AIDS Basis in 1991, appeared genuinely shocked when President Biden honored his activism as an alternative of simply having fun with his music.

“Tonight is my nice honor, and I imply this sincerely, to current the Nationwide Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John,” Biden stated, as John, mouth agape and wiping tears from his eyes, clutched his piano. A White Home officer expanded on the award, calling John “A permanent icon and advocate with absolute braveness, who discovered function to problem conference, shatter stigma and advance a easy reality: that everybody deserves to be handled with dignity and respect.”

“I’m flabbergasted and humbled and honored by this unbelievable award from the US of America,” John stated. “I’ll treasure this a lot, and it’ll make me double my efforts to verify this illness goes away. Your kindness, America’s kindness to me as a musician is second to none, however within the battle in opposition to AIDS and HIV, it’s even greater.”

John made a degree on the White Home occasion to reference bipartisan efforts to eradicate AIDS. Earlier within the night time, he shouted out George W. Bush, who was not in attendance, for the PEPFAR invoice, which combatted the illness in Africa. Following John’s remarks, President Biden famous that $6 billion would go to the trigger this month.

Watch John obtain the Nationwide Humanities Medal beneath. The Rocketman, who lately labored with Britney Spears for the Music of the Week “Tiny Dancer” remix “Maintain Me Nearer,” is within the midst of his prolonged “Farewell Yellow Brick Highway Tour.” Tickets to his last reveals are on sale right here.

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