Elton John's career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold over 33 million copies. Diamonds the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming John’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process, reaching Gold status before the end of the year. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world. To date, John has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970.
Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are 5 GRAMMYs including a GRAMMY Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.” In January 2018, he received the Crystal Award for this long-standing fight against HIV/AIDS at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In 1992, John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over $400 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
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