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12 May 2021, 09:24
Elton John was accompanied by Years And Years frontman Olly Alexander for a breathtaking rendition of the Pet Shop Boys' 1987 hit.
Sitting behind a piano, the 74-year-old music legend joined the Years and Years frontman for a spine-tingling cover of the Pet Shop Boys' song 'It's a Sin'.
The special new release of the '80s song is in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, with 100% of the proceeds going towards supporting the communities who are most vulnerable to HIV.
Watch the full performance below.
It was Elton's husband, David Furnish, who introduced the duet, telling the audience: "By fighting together, we've changed the world.
"Today, HIV is no longer a death sentence, now it’s a condition you can manage with just one pill a day. Medicine makes the virus undetectable, which means it's untransmittable.
He added: "So the fight goes on until we can banish stigma, ignorance, fear, and the virus itself forever."
The sensational duet has been hailed as the highlight of the night for many.
"That was historic. A piece about HIV/Aids on prime time television during the #BRITs and one to break down stigma," one watcher tweeted.
Another described the performance as the "best live act on the BRITs" they'd ever seen.
Really glad I just turned on ITV because that performance of It's A Sin by Olly Alexander and Elton John was the best live act on the BRITs I've ever seen 👏 #brits2021— Andrew Gentry (@andrewgentry_) May 11, 2021
That was historic. A piece about HIV/Aids on prime time television during the #BRITs and one to break down stigma, talking about U=U and then THAT performance from @eltonofficial and @alexander_olly ❤️ just incredible ❤️❤️— Matt Crabb (@thisismattcrabb) May 11, 2021
Wow! @alexander_olly singing #ItsASin with Elton John, draped over the piano like a cabaret diva is pure queer pop perfection! Olly, this is ASTONISHING ❤️😍🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️😍❤️ #brits2021 #brits pic.twitter.com/ZnhmwuuVQY— Monty Moncrieff MBE (@MontyMoncrieff) May 11, 2021
Listen and download Elton and Olly's 'It's a Sin' single here.