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The 90s took Elton John's career to new heights when he wrote songs for the film The Lion King and topped off the year by being knighted by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.

1992

On June 22nd, Elton's 24th Studio Album, "The One", was released and The One Tour kicked off.

Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt join Elton for three nights at Wembley Stadium for The One Tour.
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Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt join Elton for three nights at Wembley Stadium for The One Tour.

The One featured a number of collaborations including a duet with Eric Clapton on Runaway Train, guitar from David Gilmour on Understanding Women and artwork by Gianni Versace. Elton’s biggest selling album in the US since 1975, it has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

The One Tour coincided with the release of the album and took in 154 shows between May 1992 and June 2003. This included three nights at Wembley Stadium, with Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt.

Elton John - The One.

1994

Elton John was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 19th by Axl Rose.

Elton accepts his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award.

For myself, as well as for many others, no one has been more of an inspiration than Elton John. When I first heard Bennie And The Jets, I knew at that time I had to be a performer.
Axl Rose

1995

Academy Award

In 1991, Tim Rice was signed by Disney to write the lyrics for The Lion King, and they asked him who he would recommend to write the music. Having known each other for years and worked together previously on the Jump Up! album, Elton was his first choice.

“This project was exciting and challenging because I had to write differently from what I would write for myself. I think that The Lion King is the funniest movie Disney has made since Jungle Book. In fact, I probably think it’s the funniest movie they’ve ever made.” – Elton.

Elton and Tim Rice win Best Original Song for Can You Feel The Love Tonight? at the 1995 Oscars.

I’d like to dedicate this award to my grandmother, Ivy Sewell. She died last week, and she was the one who sat me down at the piano when I was three and made me play.
Elton John - whilst receiving his Academy Award

The film came out to critical acclaim - it is regarded by Empire as one of the greatest films ever made - and at the 67th Annual Academy Awards in 1995, three of Elton and Tim Rice’s compositions from The Lion King were nominated for Best Song: Hakuna Matata, Circle of Life and Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

Elton John and Tim Rice in the recording studio.
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Elton John and Tim Rice in the recording studio.

The Lion King - Can You Feel The Love Tonight?.

1997

Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana

“Candle in the Wind 1997”, Elton and Bernie’s heartfelt tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, has sold over 33,000,000 copies, and raised millions for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. It is the highest selling single since charts began.

Elton with good friend Princess Diana backstage at Earls Court in 1993.

Elton with good friend Princess Diana backstage at Earls Court in 1993.

I thought it was very important to project it from a nation's standpoint. I wanted to make it sound like a country, as opposed to being sung by Elton. He was sort of a voice for a nation.
Bernie Taupin

On February 24, 1998, Elton John became Sir Elton John, CBE when he was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to British pop music and his work in raising money for AIDS charities.

Elton after having been knighted by the Queen in February, 1998.
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Elton after having been knighted by the Queen in February, 1998.

I've had a long career and worked hard but I think the turning point came in 1990 when I got sober and started to do some charity work, particularly for the AIDS problem. A knighthood is the icing on the cake.
Elton
Elton in concert in 1998.

Elton in concert in 1998.

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