Proving that the sequined cape doesn’t fall far from the tree — after being hurled at a lackey during a particularly ugly coke binge — Sir Elton John will honor the man who made it possible for him to play the piano in a rainbow feather jumpsuit before audiences who just assumed he was waiting to find the right girl at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
Yes, it will be an evening of grand dames and grand pianos as the Rocket Man honors the Glitter Man, the subject of HBO’s critically-acclaimed biopic Behind the Candelabra, which is up for 15 trophies. Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, will present something, while Rob Lowe files a police report because he’s been robbed.
“We have a great performance by Sir Elton John,” host Neil Patrick Harris told USA Today. “He’s a friend and also super-talented. His new album is coming out and is amazing, so I’m looking forward to that.”
You know, kids, it’s been a really great year for awards shows. They’re generally pretty gay affairs, with more beards than a lumberjack convention on Fire Island hosted by Scruff, but this year has gone above and beyond. The Grammys, the Oscars, the Tonys — but we were all really waiting for the Primetime Emmys.
An awards show so gay it’s dating Taylor Swift.
As those other awards shows paraded its gay men’s choruses and its Jennifer Hudsonses, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just sat back and said, “Okay, that’s real cute for you. ” Little did those other shows know, the Emmys had a royal flush — all queens: Liberace, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and R-rated gay sex. They were going to pull out a joker at the last minute, but then Scott Thorson got arrested again. Whoops.
Tune in to the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, September 22 at 8pm EST/5pm PST on CBS.