By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Sir Elton John was honored with the first ever BRITs Icon award yesterday (September 3) and took the stage at the ceremony for a performance at London’s Palladium that included several of his greatest hits along with two brand new tunes.
According to Brits.co.uk, John performed classics such as “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song,” as well as “Home” and “Mexican Vacation,” which are set to appear on his upcoming album, The Diving Board, due out on September 24.
The performance also marked John’s return to the stage following his surgery for appendicitis in July, which forced him to cancel several of his summer tour dates.
Fellow rocker Rod Stewart presented John with the Icon award, which honors those who have provided the U.K. culture with a “lasting impact,” according to Brits.co.uk. Stewart and John also performed the song “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” together to close out EJ’s set.
“We’re proud to be launching our first ever BRITs Icon Award with an artist of Sir Elton’s incredible stature,” stated BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd Chief Executive, Geoff Taylor. “He represents the very embodiment of what the BRITs Icon is all about, having achieved a level of creativity, originality, critical acclaim and global success that few others can match.”
Elton John will resume his live shows this week, when he plays at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, U.K. tomorrow (September 4).
For more on this story, head to Brits.co.uk, and check out Elton John’s official website for concert listings and other updates