The HBO Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," has been nominated for 15 awards. The program will be well represented as both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will be presenting awards during the ceremony. Both are also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for the biopic.
Elton has performed over 3,500 concerts and has appeared at the Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards programs, but he has never played at the Emmy Awards. This program will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The 66-year-old singer/songwriter has recovered from surgery earlier this summer. John had suffered from appendicitis and had performed several concerts in great pain until he decided that he needed medical help.
His appendix were removed at Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital on August 1. He is now fully recovered.
He said, "I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive."
After the surgery, he posted a message to his fans on his website.
It stated, "I would like to thank the literally thousands of people who have sent me get well cards and messages over the past two weeks."
"Your well wishes have touched me deeply and will play a big part in my recovery. I cannot wait to see you all and thank you in person when I resume my concert schedule later this year."
Sir Elton recently won the first ever Brits Icon award, which was presented to him by his friend, Rod Stewart. Stewart described John as, "the second-best rock singer ever."
The award is given to artists who have had a "lasting impact" on British culture. John told the audience that he was "flattered" by the award.
He joked, "They've even made it sparkly on the bottom, which you know I love."
He went on to dedicate the award to his writing partner, Bernie Taupin, "who I wouldn't be here without." He also thanked the, "Women's Institute and you, the fans."
Sir Elton said, "I can think of a couple of people who might have deserved it more than me."
"I'm addicted to playing live," Elton said. "I've played 92 countries and I want to play 100."