Shania Twain Wishes Elton John Happy Birthday With Throwback to Miami Performance

by Emily Morgan

For Elton Jonh’s 74th trip around the sun, Shania Twain took to social media to wish him a happy birthday. On Friday, the “Hole in the Bottle” singer tweeted at John, accompanying it with a throwback video. “Happy Birthday @eltonofficial! You’re a remarkable musician and this night in Miami is forever one of my favourite moments.”

In the clip, Twain shared a decades-old video that included Shania Twain and Elton John sharing a beautiful duet during a 1999 Miami concert. 

Before singing, Twain described her gratitude for getting to share the stage with the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer. “I’m lucky enough and really, really honored to get to do another song with you tonight, Twain told John. The next song we’re going to do is a song Elton and I recorded recently. It’s a part of a very special project that Elton is doing right now and I’m really honored to be apart of it.”

In response, John revealed that they would be singing a song from the musical Aida. For the musical, Shania Twain sang the song “Amneris’ Letter,” which they performed. 

“A few months ago, by sheer accident, I ran into this guy at a radio station in London,” Shania Twain told the audience. “The first words I heard out of his mouth were, ‘You’re still the one I run to.'”That comment was a direct reference to the country queen’s most successful single, 1998’s “You’re Still the One.” 

Shania Twain Breaks Out Decades-Old Clip for Elton Jonh’s Birthday

John wore a bright red tuxedo during the duet, while Shania Twain opted for a ponytail with a yellow scrunchie. Later, they transitioned into “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” which John had re-recorded in a tribute to the late Princess Diana.

The duet was filmed for Twain’s The Specials, which included footage from her Winter Break and Come on Over tours. It also featured appearances from the Backstreet Boys. 

The live collection of performances came during a breakout year for the country singer-songwriter. That year, the CMA Awards awarded her with “Entertainer of the Year.” She also earned two Grammys for “You’re Still the One,” which she co-wrote with her ex-husband, Mutt Lange. 

The song would define her decades-long career as it topped the country charts and was Twain’s first Top 10 hit.