MILEY CYRUS, KESHA, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JOHN LEGEND, LITTLE BIG TOWN, CHRIS MARTIN, MAREN MORRIS, SAM SMITH, AND KEITH URBAN WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (DEC. 15, 2017) — Just two days after the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, the Recording Academy™, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate the legendary career of five-time GRAMMY® winner and 2000 MusiCares®' Person of the Year honoree Elton John by presenting "Elton John: I'm Still Standing-A GRAMMY Salute." The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET at The Theater At Madison Square Garden in New York. The special will be broadcast later in 2018 on the CBS Television Network.
GRAMMY nominee Miley Cyrus, current GRAMMY nominee Kesha, two-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Miranda Lambert, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, two-time GRAMMY winners and current nominees Little Big Town, seven-time GRAMMY winner Chris Martin, GRAMMY winner and current nominee Maren Morris, four-time GRAMMY winner Sam Smith, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban will pay tribute to Elton, who will also take the stage to perform a selection of hits from his highly acclaimed discography. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "His creativity, dynamic presence, and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community."
"Elton John is an undeniable force within the music industry, and I can't think of a better musician to honor at this special GRAMMY Salute," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. "We're proud to pay tribute to his artistry, and can't wait to see what the participating musicians have in store for this momentous celebration of Elton's work."
"Elton John: I'm Still Standing-A GRAMMY Salute" continues the tradition of previous Emmy®-winning TV specials presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS: "Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert." "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute," and "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute."
"Elton John: I'm Still Standing-A GRAMMY Salute" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers, Ron Basile is the producer, and David Wild is the writer.
Tickets will go on sale Dec. 18, 2017, at 12 p.m. ET and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.
ABOUT ELTON JOHN
The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 300 million records sold worldwide. The Recording Academy has bestowed Elton multiple GRAMMY Awards, as well as the GRAMMY Legend Award and MusiCares Person of the Year honor in 2000. Three of his recordings have also been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, earning him an Academy Award. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle Of Life." The Tony Award®-winning Broadway production of Aida earned Elton a GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Show Album. Billy Elliot was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony Awards and won 10, including Best Musical. In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. In 2013, Elton was honored as the first recipient of the prestigious BRITs Icon Award.
ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
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