The original “Rocket Man” will be honored by a few of his most famous pop star friends on January 30th for “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute.” Billboard reports that the star-studded event will be taped at Madison Square Garden two days after the 60th Grammy Awards and will air on CBS later in 2018.
The musical guests confirmed include Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Chris Martin and Sam Smith. The tribute will honor Sir Elton’s beloved and lasting music. “Elton’s songs are such classics,” said Ken Ehrlich of AEG of the 5-time Grammy winner, adding that, “They’re beautifully written lyrically and melodically.”
Elton’s longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin, will also participate in the celebration of a stunning career that includes 35 gold records and 25 platinum albums. Neil Portnow, CEO of the Recording Academy, beamed about John, “His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon.”
Born, Reginald Dwight, the pop legend who began touring back in 1970, just last month released “Diamonds,” a greatest hits collection to mark 50 years of the Taubin-John rock masterpieces. It will be fun to see the tribute choice. Will Sam Smith croon to “The Bitch is Back,” will Miley slay “Daniel,” and will Kesha purr to “Honky Cat”?
2017 has been a banner year for John who was awarded the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award for his AIDS activism and turned out a fierce portrayal of his bitchiest self in the film Kingsman 2. Next year is also shaping up to be a glam year as Gucci’s 2018 collection is inspired by Elton’s glitteriest, gaudiest costumes, many designed by the great Bob Mackie.
Elton is not yet confirmed to perform at the 60th Grammy’s on January 28th, but Ehrlich adds hopefully, “We definitely are discussing it.” Either way, the Oscar winner for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” will be feeling all the love at his Grammy salute, surely accompanied by spouse David Furnish, even if Eminem doesn’t show-up with a special sexy gift.