Elton John was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden during a concert on the White House lawn. John, 75, played a six-song set for Biden and two thousand others to honor everyday “heroes” like teachers, medical workers and AIDS activists. The tables were turned on the British rocker when the president bestowed the surprise honor on him.
“I don’t know what to say. … I don’t know how to take a compliment very well but it’s wonderful to be here among so many people who have helped my AIDS foundation and my heroes, the ones that work day to day on the front line,” John said, seemingly overcome with emotion.
The “Your Song” singer also noted that the stage in front of the White House under a large open-air tent was “the icing on the cake.” The concert, dubbed “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” was put on by A&E Networks, which will air it at an undisclosed future date.
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