Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Elton John to get Brit Icon award

Sir Elton John is the first celebrity to be honoured with a British icon award for his contribution to the UK culture

Elton John to get Brit Icon award (© Reuters)

London: Singer Elton John is set to be the first recipient of a new Brit Icon award, given for his lasting impact on the nation's culture.

The "Rocket Man" hitmaker will be given the honour at a show in September and then it will become an annual fixture, given to an artist who has had a similar impact on UK culture, reported Contactmusic.

"It's a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion," John said.

The 66-year-old singing legend has recently been struck down by illness. He had to undergo surgery for appendicitis and was forced to cancel a number of summer concert dates.

However, the iconic singer hopes to be better again in time for the Brit Icon award show.

"He has achieved such a level of artistic creativity and originality, critical acclaim, global recognition and popular success, he deserves to be recognised as a true icon of our cultural life," said Geoff Taylor, BPI and Brit Awards chief executive.

John has sold over 250 million records in his career, and holds the record for the best selling single of all time, 'Candle in the Wind '97', which was released in the wake of the death of Princess Diana and has sold 33 million copies.

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