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FINALLY: Elton John Is an EGOT Winner!

Being a fan of Elton John means that the minute he is honored, you instantly want to cry with pride. Even more so now that he has become an EGOT winner!

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Winning the award for Outstanding Variety Special for his special on Disney+ titled Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium, we finally got to see Elton John join this prestigious club. Other famous EGOT winners include Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, and Viola Davis, just to name a few. Elton John joining the club is a long time coming after his impressive and era-defining career.

Accepting the award on behalf of John and the production team was John’s husband and longtime supporter, David Furnish, who shared a statement from John.

“I am incredibly humbled to be joining the unbelievably talented group of EGOT winners tonight,” John wrote in the statement. “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.”

We didn’t get to see John talking about this win, as he didn’t attend because of a knee injury, but it is nevertheless emotional knowing that this legend is now immortalized in the EGOT hall of fame. Truthfully, it was only a matter of time.

It’s about time!

Elton John won Oscars for his work in biopic Rocketman with “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” a song created for the film, as well as an Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King. The Tony Awards recognized John for his work in Aida (although I have thoughts about this because he should also have one for The Lion King and my personal favorite, Billy Elliot the Musical). He has, obviously, won many Grammys throughout his 55-year career, too, so to see him finally take home the Emmy and complete his EGOT status means a lot.

Elton John is one of those performers who can make you feel so much through his music. Whether it be the joy that comes with dancing to “I’m Still Standing” or crying to “Mona Lisas and Madhatters” and “Someone Save My Life Tonight,” his music has been an integral part of so many of our lives.

It’s why movies like Rocketman mean so much to me. They highlight all the things about Elton John that made him into the man he is today, and I love him for it. So congratulations to Elton John, a very deserving winner of the coveted EGOT status!

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