- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 11:11AM
After more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Sir Elton John has seen it all, so it takes a lot to shock him.
But following a dazzling performance on the White House lawn, it was the Rocket Man himself who became speechless and "flabbergasted" after a big surprise.
Hosted by President Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr Jill Biden as part of A Night When Hope and History Rhyme event, the Bidens surprised John by presenting him with a National Humanities Medal.
Stunned and moved to tears, the legendary songwriter said: "I'm never flabbergasted, but I'm flabbergasted and humbled and honoured by this incredible award from the United States of America I will treasure this so much."
John was given the medal for his singing and songwriting career, and also for his contributions to charities and humanitarian causes such as HIV/AIDS.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was launched in 1992 and has since raised over $450 million and funded programs across four continents.
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