SIR ELTON HERCULES JOHN, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums as well as 58 Billboard Top 40 singles in the United States, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Undeniably one of music’s most acclaimed and adored performing artists, Elton’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences everywhere. Since his career began in 1969 Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.
Elton has had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles. Elton holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997”, which sold 33 million copies, as well as for most appearances on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, with his 2013 single "Home Again” marking his 69th entry. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was recently named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world.
Elton has won five Grammy Awards and received the Grammy Legend Award in 2001. Three of his albums have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, including his 1970 eponymous album. Elton won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1995 with The Lion King’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and a Tony Award for Best Original Score with Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in 2000.
Among the many other awards and honors bestowed upon him are Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 12 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.” Elton has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.
In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to support innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the EJAF has raised over $321 million in support of projects in 55 countries around the world.