At the BBC Peoples Awards, hosted by news presenter Michael Buerk and showbiz presenter Gaby Roslin on October 8, 2000, at London's Royal Albert Hall, Elton John was voted by the British people as their favourite entertainer.
Televised live, Elton was up against stiff competition, from co-nominees Robbie Williams, Travis, and sexbomb Tom Jones!
Singer Lulu was on stage to announce Elton as the winner in the music category. The awards also reward categories such as charitable work, and film work, the latter won by Dame Judi Dench.
But Elton, who is recording his latest album in Los Angeles, came to the RAH by screen. He said he was surprised to win: "Especially since Robbie is 45,000 years younger and might win it!"
In a brief interview with Buerk, Elton paid tribute to the fans, for making his career possible. Buerk asked: "Will you return to the UK?" Elton replied: "Maybe to borrow Lulu's outfit!"