By: Amber Harvey
With so many big things happening for him this week, Elton John will likely be flying high for “a long, long time.”
John and his long-time writing partner Bernie Taupin were presented with the highly-esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday night, as confirmed by Billboard, joining an elite group of songwriters like Phil Collins, Paul Anka, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel and Paul Simon.
Considered one of the most acclaimed songwriting duos in music history, John and Taupin have collaborated on 30 albums since their fateful meeting in 1967, including Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Calling John and Taupin his “two heroes,” Sting kicked off the night with his own rendition of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”
Apparently, for John, Thursday night was not alright for fighting, as the acclaimed songwriter later used the stage in an attempt to reconcile his differences with singer Billy Joel, saying, "I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you."
Joel kept his onstage response equally lighthearted: "Is Elton still here by the way?" he asked. "Anyway, we're OK. Call me. It's the same phone number."
In other Elton John news, the Crocodile Rocker’s production company, Rocket Pictures, has teamed up with Icon/AI Film to ink a deal for the singer’s upcoming biopic, Rocketman.
The film is in early pre-production, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and will chronicle John’s journey from childhood to stardom. The Rocketman script comes from writer Lee Hall, who is known for such highly-lauded works as War Horse and Billy Elliot, and Michael Gracey has been brought on as director.
For more information what Elton John is up to these days, visit the star’s website and Facebook.
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