Elton John Finally Reaches EGOT Status
Elton John accomplished a major entertainment honor thanks to last night’s (Jan. 15) Emmy Awards.
After winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live), Sir Elton is now an EGOT winner. What’s an EGOT? It’s an acronym for an entertainer who has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar and a Tony Award.
Before last night’s Emmy win, John won five Grammy Awards in his career. In 2000, he won a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Aida. Additionally, John has won two Oscars. The first came in 1994 for Best Original Song for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King. The second Oscar came in 2020 for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman.
Only 17 entertainers have an achieved this via “competitive only” wins, which means an award had other nominees and wasn’t a special “honorary” award. Among those entertainers are Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson.
An additional five entertainers achieved EGOT status with help from “non-competitive” or “honorary” wins. Those five entertainers are Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones.
What Won Elton John an Emmy?
Sir Elton won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger’s Stadium. The special streamed live on November 20, 2022 on Disney+. It was John’s final show in North America. It was also the first time Disney+ presented a live global event.
As expected, this show featured a stacked setlist full of John’s biggest hits and fan favorites. Below is the setlist from the Emmy Award-winning special.
Elton John – Farewell From Dodger Stadium – Setlist
Bennie And The Jets
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Border Song (Dedicated to Aretha Franklin.)
Have Mercy on the Criminal
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
Take Me to the Pilot
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Candle in the Wind
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Burn Down the Mission
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Featuring Brandi Carlile. Dedicated to late members of Elton John’s band.)
The Bitch Is Back
I’m Still Standing
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Featuring Kiki Dee)
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Cold Heart (Featuring Dua Lipa)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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