Sir Elton John was moved to tears after being awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work to end Aids by the US president following a special performance at the White House.
The singer performed on the White House lawn for the president and first lady and about 2,000 “everyday history makers” on Friday night.
The event, A Night When Hope and History Rhyme, included an audience of teachers, students, nurses, advocates, military families and mental health advocates.
Organised by the History Channel and A+E Networks, John performed several of his hits, before the president, Joe Biden, and first lady, Dr Jill Biden, surprised the singer with the National Humanities Medal for his work to end Aids and assist those living with the condition through the Elton John Aids Foundation.
John said he was “flabbergasted” and felt honoured for the recognition.