Elton John pays tribute to Liberace at the 2013 Emmys

Elton John paid tribute to the late Liberace at last night’s Emmy awards.

The 66 year-old performed ‘Home Again’ – a song he and Bernie Taupin wrote about Liberace – and went on to praise the flamboyant performer, saying, “This guy played a mean piano . . . I was keenly aware of his enormous talent and his impact on the musical world – and my dress sense, of course.

“What I wasn’t aware of until years later was his lifestyle – yeah, right – which, due to the tenor of the times, had to be concealed.”

Liberace died of an Aids-related illness in 1987, but never publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

His biopic ‘Behind the Candelabra’ was nominated 15 times and won three Emmys: best TV movie, best actor (Michael Douglas) and best director (Steven Soderbergh).