At last night's Academy Awards show, Elton performed (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again on a red grand piano. He wore a purple suit as bright lights and a Rocketman-themed video show bathed Hollywood's Dolby Theatre in vibrant colours.
The tune was nominated for Best Original Song. Elton and Bernie Taupin wound up winning this category.
Picking up the prize, Taupin said: “Wow, this doesn’t suck.
“Needless to say, mostly this goes to the people who were involved in Rocketman, a little bit of this is in every one of their hearts.
“David Furnish, your tenacity and dedication has driven this train all the way here.
“Being here with this guy, I don’t have words for it, this is justification for 53 years of just hammering it out and doing what we do.”
Elton added: “Thank you to Bernie, who has been the constant thing in my life when I was screwed up, when I was normal.
“To my beautiful boys who are watching this in Sydney, how much do I love you? Daddy loves you.”
Elton then hurried over--with a police escort--to West Hollywood Park to take over hosting duties at the EJAF party for the rest of the evening. (The cast from Netflix’s Queer Eye held down the fort in the interim.)
Once Elton arrived, a live charity auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes commenced. The vocalist purchased one of the items, a specially commissioned artwork by collage portrait artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn, for himself. Then, in an effort to raise the auction price for the white Yamaha grand piano featured in a Rocketman scene, he sat at the keyboard and actually began taking requests from each of the bidders, playing snippets from hits like Bennie And The Jets, I’m Still Standing, Daniel, and Your Song until the piano — which had been shrink-wrapped and shipped to Los Angeles just for the occasion — eventually fetched a whopping $220,000.
Among those in attendance at the benefit, which raised $6.4 million, were Beck; Heidi Klum; Donatella Versace; Colton Haynes; Smokey Robinson; Christina Ricci; and Judith Light.