Elton John rocks 'Tiny Dancer' in epic Grammys performance

Elton and Miley performing onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Elton and Miley performing onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Source: Getty

The 60th Grammy Awards was filled with striking outfits, amazing performances and heartfelt speeches from many of the winners. One of the standout performances of the evening was  Elton John and Miley Cyrus’ haunting rendition of his hit song ‘Tiny Dancer’.

Elton wore a flamboyant flame suit with a white necklace and a pair of sparkling sunglasses for the performance, while Cyrus, who’s godmother is Dolly Parton, decided to keep it simple in an elegant 1950’s-style red gown.

The incredible performance was Elton’s first since announcing his retirement from showbiz last week. 

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The 70-year-old made the announcement at an emotional press conference in New York City. He did, however, please fans by saying he would have one last world tour. He said his future priority would be raising his two young boys, six-year-old Zachary and four-year-old Elijah.

On top of wanting to focus on his family, he told The Sun a health scare last year helped him with his decision to retire. 

Speaking about his decision to quit touring, Elton said that battling a “rare and potentially deadly” bacterial infection last May was a “wake-up call” to spend more time with his kids. The singer was in intensive care after feeling unwell on a flight back to the UK from Chile, “I was in intensive care on Thursday and stayed there for two days. I was very, very close to death,” he said at the time.

Retirement seemed to be the last thing on his mind at the Grammys though, with his breathtaking performance earning a standing ovation. Many fans noted the a white rose on top Elton’s grand piano during the song. The rose symbolised the Time’s Up movement, with many celebrities sporting a white rose on the red carpet to show their stance against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The 60th Grammy Awards show was hosted by British comedian James Corden, who you might recognise from his carpool karaoke segments. The big winners of the night were Ed Sheeran, who picked up the award for the Best Pop Vocal Album,  Bruno Mars, who won three Grammys and country star Chris Stapleton, who took home two gongs.

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What do you think of the performance? Are you sad that Elton John will be retiring from touring?

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