Sir Elton John

Elton John Lands Special Brit Award

Sir Elton John has landed a special BRIT Award in recognition of his lengthy career.

The Rocket Man hitmaker has been unveiled as the first-ever recipient of the Brits Icon Award, which will honor artists who have had a “lasting impact on the nation’s culture”.

The accolade stands alone from the prestigious U.K. prizegiving, which traditionally takes place in February, and Sir Elton will be handed the trophy at a show in London in September.

He says, “It’s a tremendous honor and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I’m really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion.”

The star cancelled a string of shows earlier this month after he was diagnosed with appendicitis, but hopes to be back onstage for events in September.

For more recent Elton John coverage on The Mac Wire,  see “Pages” and scroll down for Elton. 


Please follow The Mac Wire  on Twitter and Facebook.





Advertisements

Bruce Springsteen Recognized at Pre-Grammy Gala

Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year as stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry and Sting paid tribute to “The Boss” before Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The rocker was the toast of the event in Los Angeles, where top acts including Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes took the stage to cover Springsteen’s greatest hits.

Sir Elton sang a rendition of his track Streets of Philadelphia, while John Legend put a jazz spin on Dancing In The Dark on the piano, and Tim McGraw belted outTougher than the Rest with Faith Hill singing harmony.

Funnyman Jon Stewart, the evening’s host, credited Springsteen with giving a good name to their home state of New Jersey.

He joked, “We don’t have much. We are known mostly as the chief exporter in this country of carcinogens. Bruce Springsteen is all we have.”

The dinner also featured an auction, which Springsteen contributed to by offering a signed Telecaster guitar – and he got into the giving spirit by adding a few bonuses to the package.

He told the crowd, “With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson from me. That’s right. One free lesson. One hour. And a ride in the sidecar of my Harley Davidson. So dig in!”

The instrument sold to an unidentified woman for $250,000, reports the New York Times.

MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.

Sir Elton John: ‘Donna Summer Should Have Been Inducted In Hall Of Fame’

Sir Elton John has lashed out at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials for failing to induct Donna Summer earlier this year (12), branding the snub a “total disgrace”.

The I Feel Love hitmaker was shortlisted for the honour as part of the class of 2012, but she was overlooked in favour of artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses – and the Rocket Man is angry his good friend Summer, who died on Thursday (17May12), was left out.

Paying tribute to the late star in a statement to Eonline.com, Elton says, “I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did.

“That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John Aids Foundation and I will miss her greatly.”

Meanwhile, a slew of other celebrities have added their Twitter.com tributes to Summer.

Barbra Streisand, who collaborated with the disco diva on their hit 1979 duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), writes, “I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented… It’s so sad.”

Lady Gaga Could Win Oscar! Named For Best Song Prize

Lady Gaga is in the running for an Oscar after she was named among the nominees for the Best Song prize.

The pop superstar’s duet with Sir Elton John, Hello Hello, from Gnomeo & Juliet, has been included in a long list of 39 songs in competition for gold at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Academy Awardsm Gnomeo and Juliet
Mary J. Blige’s track Living Proof, from The Help, is also on the list, along with will.i.am’s Hot Wings, from Rio, and Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley’s duet Collision of Worlds, from Cars2.

Other artists in consideration for the prize include Chris Cornell (The Keeper, from Machine Gun Preacher), actress/singer Zooey Deschanel (So Long, from Winnie the Pooh) and Elvis Costello (Sparkling Day, from One Day).

The list will be whittled down to five main contenders and the final nominees will be announced on January 24th.

Elton John And Billie Jean King Hosting Cleveland Tennis Fundraiser

 Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King have announced they will be hosting an AIDS benefit tennis event in Cleveland.


The World Tennis Smash Hits event will feature both professional and recreational players, with Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova andAmelie Mauresmo slated to join other top players (who will be announced in the coming weeks) at the showcase, which will be held at the Cleveland Public Hall on Tuesday, October 27. The event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and various local AIDS charities, which Smash Hits has supported since 1993.


Said Sir Elton John, “I urge all of the tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Cleveland area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”
King noted, “It is great for Elton and I to return to Cleveland and we are looking forward to a night of competitive and entertaining tennis.”


She added, “We hope the Greater Cleveland area will help us reach those goals and support Smash Hits.”

Elton John: Elton 60 - Live At Madison Square Garden [Blu-ray]


Matthew Morrison Debuted New Girlfriend at Sir Elton’s Bash

Glee hunk Matthew Morrison introduced his new girlfriend to a star-studded crowd last week (ends24Jun11) by showing her off at Sir Elton John‘s annual White Tie and Tiara Ball.

The TV star has been linked to a series of beauties, including British model/actress Kelly Brook, but he only had eyes for one woman at the Rocket Man’s lavish fundraising party last Thursday (23Jun11) when he took along his new love, model Renee Puente.
A source tells JustJared.com, “They looked really cute together. Matt held Renee’s hand during the event and in the car as they were leaving.”
And the party was an impressive one to take the lucky lady to – George Michael provided the entertainment for the likes of British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley and funnyman David Walliams.

Sir Elton John Nominated For "Dad of the Year"

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish will compete against soccer star David Beckham  and singer Rod Stewart to be named Britain’s Dads of the Year.

Sir Elton and Furnish, who welcomed baby Zachary last Christmas (10) with the help of a surrogate mother, are the first gay couple to be shortlisted for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year prize.
Australian singer Peter Andre, who took the title last year (10), has also been nominated, along with British pop star Gary Barlow.

A spokesperson for the contest says, “Peter Andre, the reigning champion, has once again made the shortlist so it will be interesting to see if he can become the first dad to win the title two years in a row.” The winner will be determined by public vote and announced on Britain’s Father’s Day next month (19Jun11).

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger Among UK’s Richest Music Millionaires

Who’s richer: Paul McCartneyElton JohnMick Jagger or Sting?  Thanks to the Sunday Times of London, we know the answer to this very important question.  Each year, the paper publishes a “rich list” rounding up the wealthiest one thousand people and families in the UK, and according to Bloomberg.com, the richest British musician is Paul McCartney, with a fortune of 813 million dollars.  By comparison, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, the widow and son of Paul’s Beatles bandmate George Harrison, are together worth about 280 million bucks, andRingo Starr is worth just under 250 million.
As for the rest of the British musicians, Elton John is the second richest behind Paul, with a fortune of 320 million, followed by Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, with 312 million bucks.  Sting is worth just under 300 million dollars, Eric Clapton is worth just over 200 million bucks, and Phil Collins and Rod Stewart both have fortunes of just under 190 million bucks.  Other rockers on the list include David Bowie,Roger Waters and Brian Johnson.
All The Best

Elton John Says Royal Wedding "A Welcome Relief" from World’s Troubles

Sir Elton John is one of the many celebrities who’ll be attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday, April 29th.  While some have dismissed the nuptials as just an over-the-top spectacle, Elton sees the benefit in making a big deal out of the young couple’s big day.  On Good Morning America on Monday, April 25th, Elton told Barbara Walters, “Yeah, it is a fairytale thing, and people criticize it and say we’re making too much of it.  But it’s about love.  And in this day and age, anything that’s about love and and positivity is a welcome relief from what’s going on in the world.”
The last time Elton was in Westminster Abbey, the legendary cathedral where Will and Kate will say their vows, it was for the funeral of William’s mother, Princess Diana, who was a close friend of Elton’s.  He told Walters, “The last time we were [there]…my heart sank when I saw those two young boys walking behind the coffin. I thought that was the hardest thing…and [now], it’s a scene walking up the aisle with a beautiful woman and the love of his life…I’m sure Diana would be very, very happy about it.”
Elton is concerned, however, about all the press attention that Kate will get now that she’s a member of the royal family.  He warned, “The press are gonna give you a bumpy ride. They’re gonna love you, they’re gonna hate you,” adding, “I just hope they love each other to stay away from all that.”  In fact, Elton says that he’s ashamed at the “negativity” that pervades so much of the British press.  Elton himself has sued several British papers over the years for the things they’ve printed about him, and won several times.  He said on Good Morning America, “I’m sorry we have [that nastiness], but we do, and we have to live with it because it’s a great country.  But it’s one thing about Britain that sucks.”
By the way, Elton has only met Prince William twice.  He’s being invited more for his long association with the royal family than for any personal connection to the prince.  And let’s not forget, he is a knight.
Source:Wplj Radio

Neil Patrick Harris Lands Dream ‘Play Date’ For Twins With Elton’s Tot

Neil Patrick Harris got his dream ‘play date’ for his twins Harper and Gideon –Sir Elton John‘s new baby Zachary.

The How I Met Your Mother Star was one of the first celebrities to congratulate the Rocket Man and partner David Furnish on the arrival of the tot via a surrogate mother in December, and invited the couple to bring little Zachary to play with his newborn children with partner David Burtka.

And Harris got his wish – the legendary rocker arranged the date straight away, and the actor reveals he was impressed by the pair’s parenting skills.

He tells Access Hollywood, “Elton and David came to our house for Zachary’s first play date a couple (of) weeks back. They’re great guys. They’re super great parents. They’re so fiercely involved in their son’s life and it’s really kind of great to watch them interact with him.”

Harris and Burtka welcomed their kids by surrogate in October.