One could argue that Sir Elton John has done it all.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 1994--and he has toured and produced new music steadily in the two decades since then. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, hence the "Sir" in front of his name in that first sentence. He has won six Grammy Awards and has sold countless albums around the world. And yet... John is about to do something he has never done before.
He's going to perform live at the Emmy Awards.
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are fast approaching, as Neil Patrick Harris will welcome you to the live broadcast on the eve of September 22, 2013. John's performance will come as part of a tribute to the late, great Liberace, the American pianist and vocalist who passed away in 1987. The biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' aired this year on HBO and many critics are expecting a slew of awards to befall those behind the picture (the show has been nominated for a whopping fifteen separate awards, after all). Starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his longtime lover Scott Thorson, 'Behind the Candelabra' was a huge success in television and the Emmy Awards are preparing to give the production considerable weight during this year's proceedings.
Sir Elton John seems a fitting musician to pay homage to Liberace as a performer. Not only are both men accomplished and celebrated pianists, but John now lives openly as a gay man--something that Liberace unfortunately had to keep hidden throughout the bulk of his life. Of course, there is perhaps an ulterior motive behind John's television appearance: his first studio album in over seven years is slated to be released two days following the Primetime Emmy Awards, on Sept. 24, 2013.
John's newest album is titled 'The Diving Board' and will be available everywhere on Sept. 24. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, featuring John's Liberace tribute, will air on Sept. 22, 2013 on CBS.