Chris Martin was one of the artists presenting Elton John with the icon award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday but it was the Coldplay frontman’s banter ahead of John’s speech that drew laughs from many in attendance.

Martin flat out admitted, “I don’t really know anything about Elton John” and jokingly quipped that he hoped the “fistfight” he had with the show’s teleprompter guy didn’t lead to any mix-ups as he was “just going to read what iHeart wrote for me. Fingers crossed.”

“Elton John was born in the USA. He and his collaborator Bernie Sanders worked and lived together in an apartment that his partner, David, furnished,” Martin joked while reading from the prompter. “He has some beautiful children. He also has children play his songs. Who can forget such classics as [Billy Joel’s] ‘Uptown Girl?’ or [Stevie Wonder’s] ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You.’ Beautiful stuff, Elton.”

Further roasting the Grammy-winner, 74, who has 34 nominations to his credit, Martin joked that John “tried to be an actor for a while,” adding, “I think that’s what it says. Yes, but that didn’t go so well.

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