Elton John - Global Citizen Artist of the Year
Source: RTT Music News
Global Citizen, a charity working to end poverty, announced that it has selected Sir Elton John as its artist of the year.
Elton John will be presented with the Global Citizen Artist of the Year award at this year's Global Citizen Prize award ceremony.
The award ceremony will be broadcast and streamed around the world on Saturday, December 19.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (the world leader prize), U.S. lawyer Bryan Stevenson (the citizen of the year award) and businessman Warren Buffet (the prize for philanthropy) are this year's other award winners.
The organizers said that the celebrated singer-songwriter is being recognized for his tireless efforts working to achieve an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In 1992, he started the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) after his close friend and Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died from the disease. Over nearly three decades, EJAF has raised $450 million for HIV/AIDS programs across four continents.