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Elton John given inaugural Brits Icon award

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Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John has received the inaugural Brits Icon award to celebrate his lasting impact on UK culture.

The award was presented to him by Rod Stewart as a special concert last night, September 2, in the London Palladium.

John dedicated the award to his writing partner Bernie Taupin and added, "I can think of a couple of people who might have deserved this more than me." He then commented on the trophy itself saying, "They've even made it sparkle on the bottom, which you know I love."

Stewart described John as "the second best rock singer ever" before joining him on stage for a duet with Sad Songs (Say So Much).

John also performed classics Your Song and Tiny Dancer to a crowd which included guests Gary Barlow and Elizabeth Hurley.

Video messages were also sent to John from Bill Clinton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

Dermot O'Leary lead proceedings at the event which will be broadcast on ITV on September 13.

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