Elton John has made history by joining the prestigious EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club after securing his first Emmy Award for Best Variety Special (Live) during the 2023 Emmys. This accolade adds to his already impressive collection of Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.
The Emmy was presented for his special titled ‘Farewell From Dodger Stadium,’ now available on Disney+. The special captures Elton John’s final North American performance as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
Regrettably, John was unable to attend the Emmy Awards ceremony as he was recovering from a knee operation. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which began in 2018, was originally set to conclude in 2021 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much like many other tours.
With this win, John becomes the 19th individual to achieve EGOT status, joining the exclusive ranks of esteemed creatives. His remarkable journey includes five Grammy wins, starting with his first in 1987 for ‘That’s What Friends Are For.’ He also secured an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1994 for ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight,’ and in 2000, he earned a Tony Award for his work on the Aida score.
Elton John is notably the first EGOT winner to have achieved the feat of topping the Billboard 200 as a credited artist. He achieved an impressive seven consecutive No. 1 albums between 1972 and 1975, setting him apart from his predecessors in the EGOT club.
Elton John’s special triumphed in a fiercely competitive category at the 2023 Emmys, which included noteworthy contenders such as ‘The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna’ (Fox), ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ (Netflix), ‘The Oscars’ (ABC), and the ‘75th Annual Tony Awards’ (CBS).
For his Emmy win, Elton John served as both an executive producer and performer on the special, marking his return to the venue where he achieved a concert triumph in 1975. Other executive producers of the special included Elton’s husband and frequent collaborator David Furnish, Luke Lloyd Davies, Ben Winston, Gabe Turner, Sally Wood, Emma Conway, Lou Fox, Sean Alvarez, and R. J. Cutler. John Foy and Paul Dugdale held co-executive producer roles, while Saj Patel and Penny LeVesconte were line producers – all of whom received Primetime Emmy Awards for their contributions to the project.
What is EGOT?
EGOT is an acronym that stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, representing the four major American entertainment awards. Achieving EGOT status is considered a significant accomplishment in the entertainment industry.
How many EGOT winners are there?
As of Elton John’s induction, there are 19 individuals who have achieved EGOT status.
What is Elton John’s special ‘Farewell From Dodger Stadium’ about?
‘Farewell From Dodger Stadium’ captures Elton John’s final North American performance as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, and the special is available for streaming on Disney+.
Elton John’s Emmy win for Best Variety Special (Live) at the 2023 Emmys has cemented his place in entertainment history, making him the 19th individual to achieve EGOT status. His long and illustrious career has been marked by numerous accolades, with this latest achievement underscoring his immense talent and enduring impact on the industry.