Elton John Saluted by Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Lil Nas X at iHeartRadio Awards
It took a village to salute Elton John at Thursday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, as H.E.R., Brandi Carlile and Demi Lovato came on stage sequentially to sing to Sir with love, with testimonials…
.Lovato, singing “I’m Still Standing,” was the only one of the three medley performers to rock a pair of Elton-esque sunglasses, although the not previously so blonde Carlile was sporting a new look of her own as she belted a condensed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” H.E.R. kicked off the salute by playing both piano and inevitably guitar on “Bennie and the Jets,” as John and David Furnish looked on and sang along from the stage set’s signature banquette.
Demi Lovato performs onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)Kevin Mazur for iHeartMediaBrandi Carlile sings for Elton John at the iHeartRadio Music Awards
Kevin Mazur for iHeartMediaH.E.R. performs onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre.Kevin Mazur for iHeartMediaMartin set the salute into motion with a comedic introduction full of groaners. “I got into a very difficult fistfight with the guy who runs the teleprompter,” said the Coldplay frontman, mock-conceding that “I don’t know anything about Elton John” and would be relying on the largess of the man running the scroll. There followed such punchlines as: “Elton John was born in the U.S., and he and his collaborator, Bernie Sanders, worked and lived together in an apartment that his parter David furnished. Martin identified John as the writer of “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and said he failed at being an actor, “but it led to an incredible song called ‘I’m Still a Stand-In.'” He capped his comedy set by saying he was a fan of “the romances” in John’s catalog, “particularly the one he wrote for his husband’s parents, ‘Don’t Let Your Son Go Down on Me.'” headtopics.comRead more: Variety »
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Brandi Carlile though.