Elton John honored by President Joe Biden at the White House – Reuters
The President and First Lady paid tribute to Sir Elton’s remarkable musical and philanthropic legacy and celebrated the healing power of music to an audience of everyday story-makers, including teachers and students, nurses , LGBTQ+ advocates, military families, mental health advocates, and more.
Sir Elton delights the audience as he performs several of his hits, including ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Rocketman’ and ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on | Me’, on the South Lawn of the White House, in front of the President and the first lady surprised him by presenting him with the National Humanities Medal.
“I am honored to receive the National Medal of Humanities from President Biden and the First Lady at such a spectacular White House event,” said Sir Elton John. “It is moving for me to be recognized for the accomplishments of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Since I founded the Foundation at my kitchen table in Atlanta 30 years ago, I have been committed to leaving no one behind and I will continue this mission. We aspire to a future where people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities have the opportunity to live free from AIDS, stigma, injustice and abuse – and I am so grateful that acknowledgment loves it brings us one step closer to making this a reality.
“It’s up to us to make the world a better and more equal place, and Elton is someone who really walks the talk,” said David Furnish, president of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “He is so deserving of the National Humanities Medal for his consistent advocacy for equality throughout his career and through the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We are so grateful to the History Channel, A+E Networks and the Biden administration for providing us with such an impactful platform to help us meet the urgent needs of people at risk of and living with HIV and AIDS.
“It is so gratifying to see our inspirational founder, Sir Elton John, being honored tonight at the White House. With the support of our partners, we will continue to find innovative ways to bring access, agency, care and justice to those who need it most,” said Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.