Elton John, Cate Blanchett, and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan appeared at the Crystal Awards ceremony at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where they spoke about immigration issues, HIV, and equal rights for women and children.
The ceremony, which honors artists for their contributions to social progress, was webcast live.
Blanchett was awarded for her work to refugees, Khan was rewarded for championing the rights for women and children in India, and John was rewarded for his endless work against HIV through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
"Passion led me into some very dark places. I wasn't a great person for a long time," John shared. "I lost my humanity, my connection and my respect for myself." He said his fame then led him to philanthropy though, explaining that "I wanted to reconnect, I wanted to be a decent person."
He added, “We must never turn a blind eye to suffering. You've all made it, baby. But what are you making? What worth does it have if it does not strengthen the bonds of humanity? If we are not seeking to change the world for the better through our work, what is the point of coming here? Yes, there is glory perhaps, fame and prestige. There is wealth, too. But for what? Good work gives you something bigger than fame, richer than wealth, finer even than prizes."
This week, John also announced that his current world tour will be his last, citing that his “priorities have changed” after having children. He added, “I’ve had a good run. I don’t want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang.”
During the Crystal Awards, Blanchett demanded for people to stop calling people refugees, and instead see the spirit behind them: “I ask you to be reinvigorated by your moral compass.”