Two days before the 60th annual Grammy Awards take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, an all-star tribute will take place for the one and only Elton John. The special will tape on January 30, but it won’t air on CBS until later in 2018.
“Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades,” Neil Portnow, President of the Recording Academy said in a statement. “His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community.”
Performers scheduled to honor the “Rocket Man” singer include Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith and Keith Urban. John will also take the stage to perform a selection of hits from his highly acclaimed discography. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
No doubt Elton John: I’m Still Standing- A Grammy Salute will tremendously give his catalog a sales boost. Last year’s special, Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees gave the British group’s catalog a 669 percent in sales increase over the previous week. Their on-demand streams rose 71 percent.
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