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Elton John : Biography

In 2001, Elton collaborated with Eminem on the rapper's 'Stan' at the Grammy Awards which went a long way toward negating Eminem of the charges of homophobia (a term used to describe someone that has a fear or contempt for homosexuality or homosexuals), paving the way for Eminem's mainstream acceptance. Also, in 2001, Elton was due to appear on an episode of BBC's 'Have I Got News For You' but declined very near to airing time. Elton achieved a number one single in the UK, 'Ghetto Gospel' which would be featured on 2Pac's album, 'Loyal To The Game' (released after 2Pac's death on 13 September, 1996). 'Ghetto Gospel' sampled Elton's 'Indian Sunset' from his 1971 album, 'Madman Across The Water'.

On the 2 July 2005, Elton performed, 'The Bitch Is Back', 'Saturday Night Is Alright For A Fight' and T-Rex' 'Children Of The Revolution' with The Libertines and Babyshamles frontman, Peter Doherty.

After living with his partner, David Furnish, (a former advertising executive) since the 1990s, Elton and David were among the first to take advantage of the UK granting a Document of Civil Partnership for same sex marriages. Although the union is not recognized by the church it does give each partner legal rights to the other. Among those to attend the ceremony at Guildhall, Windsor were their parents, followed by a huge guest list, including Victoria Beckham, Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan, Boy Geroge, Joss Stone, Ringo Starr, George Michael, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, Bryan Adams, Michael Caine, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer, Elizabeth Hurley, Sting, Sharon Stone, The Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Gately, Elvis Costello, Jaime Cullum, Sarah Ferguson, Kid Rock, Cilla Black, Lulu, James Blunt and The Osbournes. The event was documented in the Sun newspaper with headlines reading "Elton Takes David Up the Aisle'. It has been decided that, although the normal title for the spouse of a 'Sir' would be 'Lady', David will not receive the honorary title. Let's face it - Lady David? I don't think so!




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