If you aren’t getting a chance to go on Elton John’s final tour, at least we all got a taste of the longtime performer’s skills this year at the Academy Awards. And in case you doubted: he’s certainly still got it!
After the newly renamed Best International Feature trophy went to Parasite, the awards shifted its attention pretty quickly to a performance if “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” the original song that John wrote with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. The song ws up for Best Original Song at the Oscars, and is the singer’s fourth song to be nominated. That said, this is the first time he’s been nominated alongside Taupin.
John spoke to that fact when the pair won the Best Original Song category at the Golden Globes. “This is the first time I’ve ever won an award with him,” John said pointing to Taupin. “We never won a Grammy we never did anything together except for this and I’m so happy, thank you very much.” Well, now they've also won the Oscar! The pair both appeared on stage at the awards after being announced and gave rushed thank-you's as the show was running over time.
This is John's second Oscar win.
For the performance, John appeared only with backup singers — no Taron Egerton in sight. Egerton had finished his work on the Rocketman press tour after the BAFTAs. He’s moved on to other projects. Well sort of.
While his vocals and actual physical presence wasn’t on screen, photos of Egerton were a part of a video real that played behind John as he sang.
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” played during the closing credits for Rocketman, and was up against songs from Breakthrough, Harriet, Toy Story 4, and Frozen 2.