Contactmusic.com has reported that Elton had been planning to leave his mammoth collection of photography to Britain's Tate Gallery in his will.
However, they have been dismissive, calling the images ''unsuitable.''
Since his works include legends, and have been praised by art critics, the entertainer is reportedly puzzled and indignant.
But he was probably pleased with last night's CMAs: Elton and other guests received gift bags worth $15,000.
The goodies included Skechers shoes, Wrapture cigars and Wrangler jeans.