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Sir Elton John to get Brits Icon award

Sir Elton John

Story by Jack Foley

SIR Elton John is to be the first recipient of a new Brit Award aimed at recognising major figures in music.

The singer-songwriter will receive the Brits Icon award at a show in September.

The prize has been created by the BPI, the music industry’s trade body, and is designed to reflect an artist whose writing, recording and performances have made a “lasting impact” on UK culture.

Sixty six-year-old Sir Elton was recently treated for appendicitis and had to cancel a headline appearance in Hyde Park this month but he is expected to recover in time to perform at the Brit Icon awards show on September 2, 2013.

He 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.”

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI and Brit Awards, added that Sir Elton had “achieved such a level of artistic creativity and originality, critical acclaim, global recognition and popular success” that he deserved to be recognised as a “true icon of our cultural life”.

Sir Elton has sold more than 250 million records globally.