Elton John did his first performance Monday night since undergoing an appendectomy this summer when he was honored with first ever BRIT Icon award in London. The award honors those who have made a lasting impact on the U.K.’s culture, recognizing the highest level of British music achievement. His longtime friend Rod Stewart presented him with the award and then joined him for the finale of his nine-song set, singing with him for the very first time in concert on “Sad Songs (Say So Much).”
Before the show Elton said, “It’s a tremendous honor and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way…”
The evening included video tributes to Elton from Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox,Mumford & Sons, Billie Jean King, his partner David Furnish and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.