Elton John in tears as he accepts award from President Joe Biden
24th September 2022

‘Humbled’ Elton John breaks down in tears as he accepts award from President Joe Biden

Elton John was an emotional wreck after Joe Biden took to the stage to present the musician with a humanitarian award.

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Elton John, 75, burst into tears at a White House event when President Joe Biden, 79, interrupted his performance to give him a prestigious award.

The Your Song hitmaker was presented with a humanitarian award recognising his career and advocacy work to end HIV and Aids.

The National Humanities Medal recognised his years-long efforts to end HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which he launched in 1992.

The organisation has sinced raised more than $600m (£553m) to fund efforts to combat the AIDS pandemic in four continents.

Elton said: “I’m never flabbergasted, but I’m flabbergasted, and humbled, and honoured.

“It will make me double my efforts to make sure this disease goes away.”

Elton John performed at a White House event

Elton John was invited to the White House to perform at the A Night When Hope and History Rhyme event. It included an audience of roughly 2000 “everyday history-makers”, including teachers, nurses and representatives from LGBTadvocacy groups, among others.

Elton John was in tears as President Joe Biden placed the medal around his neck

Elton John’s award recognised his career “moving our souls with his powerful voice in one of the defining song books of all time”.

Joe Biden credited Elton John as an ‘enduring icon’

Elton John’s award also called him an “enduring icon and advocate with absolute courage who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma and advance the simple truth, that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect”.

Elton John was lost for words when he was presented with the award

A tearful Elton John said: “I’m flabbergasted. I will treasure this. I don’t know how to take a compliment very well. But it’s wonderful; to be here amongst so many people who have helped my AIDS foundation and my heroes, the ones that work day to day on the frontline.”

Elton John gave shout-outs to fellow individuals who have helped combat the AIDS movement

Elton John gave a shout-out to George W Bush for his administration’s plan to tackle aids, while the former First Lady, Laura Bush was in the audience.

Elton John was tearful when he received the award

Elton John exclaimed in tears: “I’m never flabbergasted, but I’m flabbergasted, and humbled, and honoured. It will make me double my efforts to make sure this disease goes away.”

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