July 22, 2013 9:38am PT by Stuart Kemp
Elton John to Receive Inaugural BRITs Icon Award
LONDON – It's official: Elton John will be crowned a British icon by the U.K. music industry.
The six-time Grammy winner and Oscar recipient will have to make room among his baby pictures for the newly created BRITs Icon Award. John is the first person so honored.
British music industry trade organization the BPI will hand out the honor in a standalone ceremony as an extension of the BRIT Awards.
The inaugural event will be held in central London on Sept. 2 and will be broadcast on U.K. commercial network ITV that month.
BPI and BRIT awards chief executive Geoff Taylor said the honor was dreamed up with broadcast partners ITV to "provide the ultimate tribute to these musical superheroes, which not only recognizes their unique achievements but which is also spectacular entertainment."
The annual BRIT awards ceremony is the U.K.'s largest music awards show.
John described the inaugural award as "a tremendous honor and a real thrill" to have his life and work recognized.
"I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion," said the legendary performer.
At the ceremony, John is expected to perform some of his best-known tunes as well as new material from his forthcoming album The Diving Board.
John recently canceled his European tour and a Hyde Park gig because of appendicitis.