Sir Elton John
is set to be the first ever person to receive the Brits Icon Award
, a significant new gong created by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), Gigwise
reports.The award will become part of the Brit Awards
ceremonies and will honor artists who have had a huge impact on British culture with their writing, recording and performing.Speaking of the Brits Icon Award, Sir Elton said: "It's a tremendous honor and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion."
The 66-year-old pop icon will be inducted at a ceremony in London on Monday, 2 September which will be broadcast on ITV later in that month.The evening is set to include live performances and an interview with Sir Elton as well as some guest appearances.Brit Awards CEO Geoff Taylor
added: "The Brit Awards has recognized many exceptional artists whose music has connected with millions of fans."A few of these artists, such as Sir Elton John, have achieved such a level of artistic creativity and originality, critical acclaim, global recognition and popular success that they deserve to be recognized as true Icons of our cultural life."