Rock icon Sir Elton John is to be awarded France’s highest civilian honor while on his farewell tour.
The legendary musician will receive the Legion d’Honneur as he passes through Paris this week.
French President Emmanuel Macron will present the award to John during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace on Friday (21 June).
President Macron’s office the singer as a ‘piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman’ saying John was ‘one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media,’ ChannelNews Asia reports.
While it is unlikely that John will perform at the ceremony, he is expected to promote his charity, The Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The singer set up the Foundation in 1992 following the death of his friend and Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. The charity has raised more than $400 million since it was set up.
Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour
The 72-year-old is currently on his final global tour, after which he plans to retire.
The three-year-long Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour launched in Pennsylvania in September last year.
For the tour, John is expected to play around 200 shows around the globe.
The first leg or the tour wrapped up in March this year. It has currently grossed more than $120 million.
After a performance in Lille on Tuesday (18 June), the tour will move to Paris on Thursday. The show will then head towards Bordeaux.
John is currently enjoying plaudits following the release of biopic film, Rocketman.
The film, starring Targron Egerton as John, details the musician’s life with honest depictions of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. John was said to have found some moments of the film emotional to watch.
Rocketman has been warmly greeted by critics and has also been a hit at the box office.