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Elton John Joins Elite EGOT Circle in Historic Win



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  • Elton John has joined the exclusive EGOT club, becoming the 19th person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
  • The legendary musician recently won an Emmy for his concert film, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium.
  • Despite his absence from the ceremony due to knee surgery recovery, John expressed his gratitude and humility in a heartfelt statement.

Elton John has just joined an elite group of entertainers. No, it’s not a tropical disease, but rather a prestigious accolade. The EGOT club, as it’s known, is a group of individuals who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. These are the four major pop culture awards in America, and only 18 entertainers had achieved this quadruple before Elton John.

The legendary musician has now become the 19th member of this exclusive club, having recently won an Emmy for his concert film, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium. Unfortunately, John was unable to attend the ceremony due to recovery from a knee surgery. His husband, David Furnish, humorously noted that this wasn’t surprising considering the number of pianos John has jumped off from in platform heels.

John’s EGOT journey is a testament to his incredible talent and versatility. He has two Oscars to his name, one for The Lion King’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight? and another for Rocketman’s (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again. He clinched the ‘T’ in EGOT with a Tony for scoring the musical version of the opera Aida. And as for the ‘G’, the Grammy, John has collected quite a few over his decades-long career.

In a statement, John expressed his humility and gratitude. “I am incredibly humbled to be joining the unbelievably talented group of EGOT winners tonight,” he said. “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.”

The term EGOT was first used on Miami Vice, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Its illustrious alumni include Richard Rogers, Hellen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, John Legend, Alan Menken, Mell Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Marvin Hamlisch, Johnathan Tunic, Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin, Robert Lobez, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Tim Rice, and Jennifer Hudson.

It’s fitting that Elton would complete his EGOT on his final show ever on tour in North America. It’s the curtain call of all curtain calls, marking the end of a long chapter in a truly remarkable career. And what a way to celebrate it, with an EGOT to his name!