Watch Metallica Cover Elton John for US Congress at Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert

Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox and Brandi Carlile were also among the performers who tackled some of John and Bernie Taupin's revered catalogue

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 21, 2024

Last night (March 20), Elton John and longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin were celebrated with a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., as the recipients of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Metallica opened the show with a rendition of "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," and were later joined by Annie Lennox for "Border Song" from John's 1970 self-titled album. Lennox also teamed up with Joni Mitchell — who received the Library of Congress honour last year — and Brandi Carlile to cover Too Low for Zero's "I'm Still Standing" [via Stereogum].

Elsewhere in the show that also featured performances from Garth Brooks and Billy Porter, Gabriels member Jacob Lusk took on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hit "Bennie and the Jets" and Charlie Puth put his spin on "Something About the Way You Look Tonight." John himself capped off the night with a rendition of his 1970 classic "Your Song" [via NME].

The concert will air in full on PBS on April 8, but you can check out clips of some of the performances below.

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