John had a white rose on the piano as a nod to the Time’s Up movement, in line with artists who donned flowers on the carpet.
John is set to receive the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy during a tribute concert on Jan. 30. The “Elton John: I’m Still Standing” concert will also feature performances by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Keith Urban, Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, and John Legend.
During a recent live-streamed press conference, the musician announced that he was retiring from touring after 50 years, citing his prior health scares and a desire to spend more time with his family to watch his sons grow up. His three-year, 300-plus show “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” will begin in Allentown, Penn. on Sept. 8 and will travel across the globe before concluding in 2021.