Elton will receive an honour from Harvard University next month for his philanthropic efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.
The 70-year-old will be awarded the Harvard Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on November 6. Previous winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Kofi Annan.
John says the award is "both gratifying and tremendously humbling." He says he remains committed to "sustain and grow the progress we've made to eradicate stigma and end the spread of HIV/AIDS, once and for all."