Multi Grammy and BRIT award winning global superstar, Sir Elton John CBE has been honoured with a BRITs ICON Award.

The gong event, which took place last night, will air on ITV later this month.

The award is bestowed on the music legend whose achievements include, 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, selling more than 250 million records worldwide and produced the biggest selling single of all time, Candle In The Wind 1997.

The first ever BRITs Icon Award, will be presented to this music legend by Dermot O’Leary, this TV special will include a live performance from Sir Elton of some of his best-loved songs as well as new material from his forthcoming album The Diving Board, combined with a candid interview and a special guest appearance, the show will be a spectacular tribute to his remarkable journey to become a revered British musical icon.

The BRITs Icon Award will become part of the established family of BRIT Awards, but will be celebrated at a separate stand-alone event each year. It will be presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture, recognising the very highest level of British music achievement. – ITV

With his song writing partner Bernie Taupin, Elton has written some of the greatest songs of our time including Rocket Man, Your Song, Daniel and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. He has sold more than 250-million records worldwide. Over the five decades since his live career began, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts worldwide.

Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He has had 56 top forty singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis. He achieved seven number one albums in a three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success surpassed only by The Beatles.

It’s a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I’m really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion. – Sir Elton John, CBE

The inaugural BRITs Icon Award will be broadcast on Friday September the 13th from 9pm to 10.30pm on ITV.

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