Elton John Awarded the Legion of Honor by Emmanuel Macron
Elton John was recently in France where he was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Emmanuel Macron, who praised the singer's work in the battle against AIDS.
The singer received the top French civilian award during a private ceremony held on Friday, June 21, at Élysée Palace in Paris, which was also attended by his husband, David Furnish.
After the ceremony, the 72-year-old had the opportunity to address a crowd at the annual Fete de La Musique, also known as Music Day, in which citizens are encouraged to play music in their neighborhoods and other public spaces.
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Yesterday I received the Légion d’honneur by President @emmanuelmacron for services to music and for my work with @ejaf. It was so humbling and moving to receive such an honour. We also talked the need to successfully replenish the @GlobalFund this October to continue fighting HIV/AIDS, which will help save 16 million lives. We can and must end this epidemic.
ELTON JOHN'S TWO PASSIONS
The "Rocketman" singer told those in attendance that music and the fight against AIDS had a special place in his heart and shared some similarities.
"Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. "
I need your help to save 16 million lives. Join in, I’m counting on you. pic.twitter.com/AAYRfuD0J4— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 21, 2019
According to John, the "things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us" and that he would carry that magical human spirit with him as a proud member of the Legion of Honor.
A PIONEER AND A LEADER
Macron praised the famous singer for being one of the first gay artists to elevate the LGBTQ community, a true "melodic genius" who always knew how to set an example.
After complimenting the 72-year-old, the French President asked World Leaders around the globe to donate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
The "Rocketman" singer told those in attendance that music and the fight against AIDS had a special place in his heart
AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria claim m millions of lives every year. We could save 16 million lives if we take action. President Emmanuel Macron, Elton John and Peter Sands have launched an appeal:https://t.co/mwV8jsVPzc— Élysée (@Elysee) June 21, 2019
STILL A VERY SCARY SCENARIO IN 2019
Even to this day, AIDS is still one of the biggest concerns at a worldwide scale, with 1 in 7 people being unaware of their infection, according to HIV.gov.
The disease has already claimed millions of lives throughout the years, including Freddie Mercury's, whose last days were reportedly spent in incredible pain.