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Elton John Secures Emmy Win for Best Variety Special with ‘Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger’s Stadium’
Elton John Inducted into EGOT Hall of Fame with Emmy Win for ‘Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger’s Stadium’
The iconic singer, Elton John, at the age of 76, has achieved EGOT status by winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Variety Special with “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger’s Stadium.” This accolade places him in the elite group of individuals who have earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
During the award presentation, Amy Poehler, who introduced the category, playfully acknowledged John’s achievement, stating, “Now I can’t speak for Elton but, ‘EGOT’ to be excited about that.” Although John was not present at the event to accept the award, the special’s producers accepted it on his behalf, expressing that he “sent his love and thanks” to the voters.
“We knew this show would be historic because it was going to be Elton’s last ever show in North America on tour. We knew it would be historic because it was Disney’s first-ever live global stream,” shared one of the producers while accepting Elton John’s Emmy onstage. “We did not know it was gonna be historic because it was going to win a man who has created the soundtrack to all of our lives. He’s done so much great for society — who is all of our heroes. We didn’t know that it was gonna win him an EGOT.”
In a separate news release following the win, Elton John, now the 19th person to achieve EGOT status, expressed his humility, stating, “I am incredibly humbled to be joining the unbelievably talented group of EGOT winners tonight. The journey to this moment has been filled with passion, dedication, and the unwavering support of my fans all around the world.”
“Tonight is a testament to the power of the arts and the joy that it brings to all our lives. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my career; I am incredibly grateful,” he added.
“Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger’s Stadium,” which premiered on Disney+, garnered three Emmy nominations. The special, filmed on Nov. 20, 2022, was part of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. A complementary documentary titled “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend” was also released alongside the special.
Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, acknowledged Elton John’s unparalleled impact on music and culture, stating, “There are no superlatives left to describe Elton John and his impact on music and culture — he’s simply unrivaled.” Chapek highlighted John’s enduring relationship with Disney, as he had previously composed music for the 1994 film “The Lion King.” He further noted, “Like a good Disney story, Elton’s music has both universal appeal and the ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level.”
Elton John’s performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles marked his 2,000th U.S. concert and was part of his third appearance at the venue. Additionally, he held concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego, Tacoma, Washington, and Santa Clara, California.
Elton John shared his sentiments about his grand finale in North America during the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, expressing gratitude for the shared journey with his fans. He highlighted the upcoming performances in stadiums across the country, promising the most spectacular production of his career. In his words, “Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I cherish these memories we’re making together. It has been nothing short of incredible, and I look forward to seeing you very soon one last time, on my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.”
Looking ahead, Elton John announced in November that he and his long-time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin had completed a new album. In a fan-recorded footage of the event, John teased the album, stating, “We’ve just finished an album in Los Angeles, which is going to surprise the s— out of you.” Describing the album as “absolutely wonderful” and filled with “youth” and “vitality,” John expressed his excitement about the project, calling it a “wonderful place to be” after the duo’s 56-year collaboration.