Highly acclaimed and successful solo artist. Has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Since launching first tour in 1970, has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries. Third most successful artist in the history of the American charts. Has had 56 top 40 singles in the US, a total second only to Elvis Presley. Created the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) nearly 25 years ago, in the US in 1992 and the UK in 1993, in response to the urgent need for philanthropic support to address the global AIDS crisis and provide assistance to people living with or dying of AIDS. The two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past 24 years. Recipient of awards including: 12 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2000, nominated for a Grammy Award 11 times (winning in 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000), Grammy Legend Award (2001); 3 Oscar Award nominations (winning in 1995); and a Tony Award (with 4 nominations) for Best Original Score for Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (2000). CBE.