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Sir Elton John to be given first Brits Icon Award

Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.

The Rocket Man and Your Song star is to be given the Brits Icon Award at a show in September which will be broadcast later by ITV.

Sir Elton John to be given first Brits Icon Award. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The new prize - created by the BPI, music industry's trade body - will stand alone from the main Brit Awards each year and will be presented to a notable artist whose writing, recording and performances have made a "lasting impact on the nation's culture".

Sir Elton has recently been treated for appendicitis which resulted in his shows being cancelled including a headline appearance at Hyde Park this month, but he is expected to be recovered for the event.

Elton John 'grateful to be alive' after appendicitis scare

Sir Elton John has revealed he could have died at any time during his European tour as he was unaware he was suffering from appendicitis. Speaking to The Sun after cancelling a number of dates of his European tour, including a headline performance at London's Hyde Park he said:

"I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive."

Sir Elton John has revealed he is grateful to be alive following his recent bout of appendicitis. Credit: Press Association

The 66-year-old star thought his stomach pains were due to a bad bout of food poisoning, and he performed 10 concerts in "agony" but was forced to walk off stage during a concert in Halle, Germany, last Friday. The singer's spokesman said:

"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans."


Elton John dedicates Beijing concert to Ai Weiwei

Sir Elton John has caused controversy in China by dedicating his own concert in Beijing to political critic Ai Weiwei.

The announcement, minutes into his performance, is said to have sent a murmur of shock throughout the audience as Ai remains a touchy subject for the Chinese government.

Elton John performs during his concert in Beijing, which he dedicated to Ai Weiwei. Credit: Press Association

The two men met before the gig and Ai tweeted: “I super like him.”

Audience members reported that Sir Elton told the crowd that the concert was dedicated "to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei".

The sculptor and installation artist, who has used his art to draw attention to social injustice, was detained for nearly three months last year and he remains barred from leaving China.

Report: Second baby for Sir Elton John

David Furnish and Elton John have a son, Zachary. Credit: PA

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are to have a second baby, according to The Sun.

It is thought that the Rocket Man star, 65, and Mr Furnish, 50, will use the same surrogate who bore son Zachary, 22 months, for the couple.

A source told the paper: "Elton and David love this lady like a sister and they feel indebted to her for life. Naturally she has been well rewarded, but her identity will never be revealed."


Strong winds cut short Elton John gig

Elton John had to disappoint fans when strong winds forced the concert to end Credit: REUTERS/Nikola Solic

A concert by Sir Elton John at a new venue in Blackpool was cut short tonight by strong winds.

Nearly two hours into his set, Elton told a disappointed crowd of almost 11,000 that on police advice he had been told to stop playing.

"I have been told there is some really bad weather on the way. The police say you need to leave right now in an orderly fashion. I'm sorry but I don't want anyone to be hurt. I'll make it up to you."

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