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Elton to be First Recipient of a New UK Award
Posted by editor_usa

Monday 22
July 2013 @ 15:39
– GMT

Sir Elton is to be the first recipient of a new annual honour launched by the Brit Awards organisers to celebrate major figures in music.

He will receive the Brits Icon trophy at a show on the second of September which will be broadcast later by ITV.

The prize has been created by the BPI, the music industry’s trade body.

It will go to an artist whose writing, recording and performances have made a “lasting impact” on UK culture.

The  66-year-old is expected to perform classic numbers as well as new tracks from his upcoming album, The Diving Board.

He said: “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.”

The BPI and Brit Awards chief executive Geoff Taylor added that the musician had “achieved such a level of artistic creativity and originality, critical acclaim, global recognition and popular success” that he deserved to be recognised as a “true icon of our cultural life.”

The songwriter has sold more than 250 million records globally.

Proceeds from the September event will go to the Brit Trust and the Royal Academy of Music, where Elton trained

 

You can purchase tickets at the See Tickets and BRIT Awards Web sites from 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23.