Sir Elton John First to Receive Brits Icon Award

Sir Elton John at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 2013 Hot Pink Party held at Waldorf Astoria, NYC on April 17, 2013. (Sipa via AP Images)

Sir Elton John at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 2013 Hot Pink Party held at Waldorf Astoria, NYC on April 17, 2013. (Sipa via AP Images)

Sir Elton John recently canceled all of his summer tour dates due to appendicitis, but it seems that has not held the music legend back in the slightest, as he’s recently been announced as the first to receive the Brits Icon Award.

“The prize has been created by the BPI, the music industry’s trade body,” mentions BBC. The award sets a new standard of achievement, honoring those who have shaped world culture and impacted music internationally, not only in the UK. The Grammy-winning singer and pianist will be inducted in an event on September 2, which will be broadcast on ITV at a later date, reports NME.

In response to being announced as the award recipient, Sir Elton John said, “It’s a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I’m really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion,” reports BBC.

According to Radio Times, Sir Elton John will perform at the award ceremony, and “all proceeds from the event will go to the Brit Trust and Royal Academy of Music, where Elton John trained.”