Watch Elton John’s iHeartRadio Awards 2021 Icon Tribute

Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile and HER paid tribute to Elton John during the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night, and the legendary singer himself gave some words of wisdom before the performance. “Relax, I’m so glad and grateful that you are doing it,” John said in a pre-show interview with Elvis Duran. After all, they were each handpicked by John for the performance.

YOU started playing the piano and guitar for “Bennie and the Jets” and even got a reaction from John who could be seen saying “YES!” Screamed. Carlile then tempered things with the fan favorite, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down”. Eventually, Lovato gave it all and got John to do “I’m Still Standing”.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin introduced the medley in an intentionally chaotic speech about John and his famous songs, “Uptown Girl” and “I just called to say I love you”. (In case you’re wondering, this was a joke the teleprompter operator “made” since Billy Joel sang “Uptown Girl” and Stevie Wonder called “I just called to say I love you”.) also honored John, describing him as “a trailblazer for those who live their lives freely and without excuse”. John returned the compliment in his acceptance speech and said: “Special thanks to Lil Nas X because he is a wonderful artist and has steel balls!”

You can see highlights from the tribute performance and John’s speech in front of you.