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Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be graced by a knight in shining spectacles this year: Sir Elton John is scheduled to perform at the awards show for the first time.

The multiple Grammy winner will pay tribute to Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist and entertainer who died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in 1987. HBO’s recent biopic about the late singer, Behind the Candelabra, is up for 15 Emmy Awards this year. The film stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, both of whom are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries (and are Emmy presenters to boot).

The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon announced as Emmy presenters

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are the first presenters announced for the Emmy Awards.

Both Douglas and Damon are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, which has 15 nominations in total.

Douglas was previously nominated in 2002 for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series (Will & Grace) as well as for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (The Streets of San Francisco) in 1974 and Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor (The Streets of San Francisco) in 1975 and 1976. Damon was previously nominated in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series (30 Rock), as well as one of the nominated producers for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Project Greenlight) in 2002 and Outstanding Reality Program (Project Greenlight) in 2004 and 2005.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sunday, Sept. 22.

Listen: Michael Douglas tickles the ivories as Liberace -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

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HBO’s Liberace biopic arrives draped — as its subject was — in showmanship and song. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra stars Michael Douglas as the famously flamboyant Vegas performer alongside Matt Damon as his much-younger lover/lookalike. In this exclusive audio clip of “The Liberace Boogie” from the film’s first scene, take a listen to Douglas-as-Liberace. Does Douglas’ voice match Liberace’s as well as the rest of him?

The soundtrack includes both Liberace’s recordings and original pieces and is available digitally on May 21; the film premieres on HBO on May 26. READ FULL STORY

'Behind the Candelabra' trailer: Dramatic piano playing, even more dramatic hair -- VIDEO

Michael Douglas effortlessly playing the piano, Matt Damon yelling ”I don’t even have my own face!” and Rob Lowe looking like a shih tzu are just some of the fabulous things in this new full-length Behind the Candelabra trailer.

Douglas plays Liberace and Damon his younger lover Scott Thorson. The trailer hits the ups and downs of the couple’s relationship as shots of dramatic capes, luxurious bubble baths, and fancy cars quickly switch to yelling and glass throwing with the so-not-rhetorical line, ”Why would a grown man want to adopt another grown man?”

There’s also a lot about plastic surgery, which explains why Rob Lowe is almost unrecognizable.

The movie will air May 26 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Watch the trailer below:

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Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in 'Behind the Candelabra': Watch the teaser for HBO's Liberace biopic here

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Glitter, champagne, Matt Damon in a metallic soldier-boy uniform -- it's all there in the new teaser trailer for HBO's Behind the Candelabra (airing May 26), starring Michael Douglas as the extravagant showman Liberace and Matt Damon as his much-younger lover, Scott Thorson. (Check out last month's
EW cover story for exclusive photos and interviews with Damon and Douglas.) Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie reveals the tawdry underside of Liberace's real life, from his extravagant spending to his taste for younger men and his fascination with plastic surgery -- much of which the performer fought to keep secret from the public before he died of AIDS in 1987. "He was the biggest act in the world, and the whole time, petrified of his secret coming out," Damon told EW. "You see him in the movie going to a sex store --- nowadays, he’d be [exposed]

on Twitter so fast.”

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