Emmy Awards 2024: How Elton John achieved EGOT status

Elton John has achieved the EGOT status by winning an Emmy Award for “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category.

Farewell from Dodger Stadium is a three-hour concert documentary that streamed on Disney +.

According to John, he is “incredibly humbled” for joining the elite group of EGOT winners who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

“The journey to this moment has been filled with passion, dedication, and the unwavering support of my fans all around the world,” the 76 year old said.

The superstar performer has five Grammys to his name, most recently for “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” which he won in 2001.

John bagged two Oscars for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King” in 1994 and “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”; along with a Tony for his original score on “Aida.”

Elton John is the 19th artist to achieve EGOT status

John became the 19th person to reach EGOT status after Viola Davis achieved the feat when she won a Grammy in 2023.

This achievement aligns the British singer-pianist with other notable EGOT winners like Rita Moreno, Jennifer Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Legend.

David Furnish, who is a producer on the concert special, revealed that John was overjoyed on Monday night about winning his first-ever Emmy, and he “screamed out loud.”

Furnish said a “incredibly honored” John was unable to attend the awards ceremony since he’s recovering from recent surgery.

“We Facetimed him. We woke him up in the middle of the night,” Furnish said while holding John’s award backstage. “He’s back in the U.K. He’s had his left knee replaced – which isn’t surprising when you think of the number of pianos he’s jumped off.”

John’s concert was the last of a three-night stand at the stadium in Los Angeles.
It was as part of the North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The tour which began in September 2018 was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the concert retuned in 2021.
His final show, which drew more than 50,000 people, had guest appearances from a new generation of stars, including Dua Lipa and Brandi Carlile.

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