Sir Elton John, 75, gets emotional after being presented with a medal by President Joe Biden

Sir Elton John got emotional on Friday night when he was presented with a National Humanities Medal at the White House in Washington.

The 75-year-old musician put on a stunning performance after being greeted on stage by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill.

The Rocketman played on a lavish stage built especially for him and opened the show with “Your Song”, his first big international hit.

Tears of joy: Sir Elton John became emotional on Friday night as he was presented with a National Humanities Medal at the White House in Washington

Tears of joy: Sir Elton John became emotional on Friday night as he was presented with a National Humanities Medal at the White House in Washington

Tears of joy: Sir Elton John became emotional on Friday night as he was presented with a National Humanities Medal at the White House in Washington

Elton cut an elegant figure in a black suit paired with a white shirt and his striking red glasses.

Ahead of the performance, John said he’s played some beautiful venues, but the White House stage is “probably the icing on the cake.”

The crowd included around 2,000 fans, including teachers, frontline workers, nurses, mental health advocates, students and LGBTQ+ advocates.

Appearance: The Rocketman played on a lavish stage specially built for him and opened the show with

Appearance: The Rocketman played on a lavish stage specially built for him and opened the show with

Appearance: The Rocketman played on a lavish stage specially built for him and opened the show with “Your Song”, his first big international hit

Special moment: The 75-year-old musician put on a stunning performance after being greeted on stage by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill

Special moment: The 75-year-old musician put on a stunning performance after being greeted on stage by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill

Special moment: The 75-year-old musician put on a stunning performance after being greeted on stage by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill

Unbelievable: Ahead of the performance, John said he'd played some beautiful venues but the stage in front of the White House was'probably the icing on the cake'

Unbelievable: Ahead of the performance, John said he'd played some beautiful venues but the stage in front of the White House was'probably the icing on the cake'

Unbelievable: Ahead of the performance, John said he’d played some beautiful venues but the stage in front of the White House was ‘probably the icing on the cake’

An honor: Biden and First Lady Jill welcomed the singer and spoke about his activism, the power of his music and his all-encompassing kindness

An honor: Biden and First Lady Jill welcomed the singer and spoke about his activism, the power of his music and his all-encompassing kindness

An honor: Biden and First Lady Jill welcomed the singer and spoke about his activism, the power of his music and his all-encompassing kindness

Biden and First Lady Jill welcomed the singer and spoke about his activism, the power of his music and his all-encompassing kindness. The event was conceived and paid for by A+E and the History Channel.

“Seamus Heaney once wrote, and I quote, ‘Once in a lifetime the awaited tide of justice may rise, and hope and history rhyme,'” Biden said.

“Throughout his incredible career, Sir Elton John has been that tidal wave, a tidal wave that is helping people stand up and make hope and history rhyme.”

Congratulations! At the end of the show, Biden surprised John with the National Humanities Medal for his songbook and long legacy of advocacy

Congratulations! At the end of the show, Biden surprised John with the National Humanities Medal for his songbook and long legacy of advocacy

Congratulations! At the end of the show, Biden surprised John with the National Humanities Medal for his songbook and long legacy of advocacy

Happy: John said he was

Happy: John said he was

Happy: John said he was “amazed and humbled” by the medal

Looking good: Elton cut an elegant figure in a black suit paired with a white shirt and his striking red glasses

Looking good: Elton cut an elegant figure in a black suit paired with a white shirt and his striking red glasses

Looking good: Elton cut an elegant figure in a black suit paired with a white shirt and his striking red glasses

At the end of the show, Biden surprised John with the National Humanities Medal for his songbook and long legacy of advocacy.

In tears, John said he was “stunned and humbled”.

It was John’s first White House appearance since appearing with Stevie Wonder at a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998.

Appearance: The crowd included about 2,000 fans including teachers, frontline workers, nurses, mental health advocates, students and LGBTQ+ advocates

Appearance: The crowd included about 2,000 fans including teachers, frontline workers, nurses, mental health advocates, students and LGBTQ+ advocates

Appearance: The crowd included about 2,000 fans including teachers, frontline workers, nurses, mental health advocates, students and LGBTQ+ advocates

Heartwarming: Sir Elton and First Lady Jill embraced after the emotional moment

Heartwarming: Sir Elton and First Lady Jill embraced after the emotional moment

Heartwarming: Sir Elton and First Lady Jill embraced after the emotional moment

John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, is on a farewell tour after performing for more than 50 years.

After kicking off the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in September 2018, which is set to be John’s final trip around the world, the band played consistently for about a year and a half.

But then, when COVID-19 was considered a pandemic in March 2020, the tour came to an abrupt halt, which happened right after his show in Sydney, Australia on March 7th this year.

Between the pandemic and John’s recurring health issues, including surgery on his hip due to falling “on a hard surface,” the tour was paused until January 19, 2020, when he took the stage at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Flashback: It was John's first White House appearance since appearing with Stevie Wonder at a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998

Flashback: It was John's first White House appearance since appearing with Stevie Wonder at a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998

Flashback: It was John’s first White House appearance since appearing with Stevie Wonder at a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998

After restarting at the Big Easy, the tour continued through parts of the United States until April 28 in Miami.

From then on, John and his band went on a three-week hiatus before re-emerging in Europe on May 21st with a show in Fornebu, Norway.

The European leg lasted until July 4 in Watford, England, and then John took an 11-day break before continuing in the US with Friday’s show in Philadelphia.

The tour will make its final stop in the United States on November 20th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is set to officially conclude on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The End: John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, is on a farewell tour after more than 50 years of performing

The End: John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, is on a farewell tour after more than 50 years of performing

The End: John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, is on a farewell tour after more than 50 years of performing

Not long now: The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is scheduled to officially end on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden

Not long now: The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is scheduled to officially end on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden

Not long now: The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is scheduled to officially end on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk


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