Elton John performs at the White House for the US president and ‘history-makers’

Sir Elton John gave a special performance on the White House lawn for the president of the United States and the First Lady and about 2000 “daily history-makers” on Friday night.

His events, A Night When Hope and History Rhyme, saw an audience that included teachers, students, nurses, LGBTQ+ advocates, military families and advocates mental health gathers on the South Lawn to see the multi-Grammy award-winning artist.

Hosted by the History Channel and A+E Networks, Sir Elton performed some of his cult hits, including Tiny Dancer, Rocketman and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, before chairman Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden surprised the singer. National Medal of Humanities for his work to end Aids and support those living with the condition through the Elton John Aids Foundation.


Sir Elton John was emotional as he received the National Medal of Humanities after a concert on the South Lawn of the White House (Susan Walsh/AP)

Upon accepting the award, Sir Elton said he was honored and moved by the recognition.

“Ever since I started the Foundation at my kitchen table in Atlanta 30 years ago, I have been committed to leaving no one behind and will continue this mission,” he said.

“We are striving for a future where people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities have the opportunity to live free from Aids, discrimination, injustice and abuse – and I am grateful that recognition like this brings us one step closer to making that a reality. “


Sir Elton’s performance was called A Night When Hope and History Rhyme, a reference to an Irish poem by Seamus Heaney that President Joe Biden often quoted (Susan Walsh/AP)

The singer’s husband, David Furnish, and president of the Elton John Aids Foundation, said: “We have to make the world a better, more equal place and Elton is a real walker.

“He is well-deserving of the National Medal of Humanities for his relentless advocacy for equality throughout his career and through the Elton John Aids Foundation.

“We are very grateful to the History Channel, the A+E Network and the Biden administration for providing us with such an impactful platform to help us meet the urgent needs of those at risk – and living with – HIV and AIDS.”

It was the 75-year-old British musician’s first performance since he performed with Stevie Wonder at a state dinner in 1998 to honor former prime minister Sir Tony Blair.

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Sir Elton is currently on a farewell tour starting in July after more than 50 years of performing.

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