Gay star Sir Elton John has been named as a Disney Legend.

This is no Mickey Mouse award for the singer, it recognises his leadership in the music industry and contribution to the Disney brand.

He co-wrote the soundtrack to classic Disney movie The Lion King with Tim Rice, and has sold over 200 million records worldwide coupled with an array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys, and Oscars, as well as collecting 35 gold and 25 platinum albums since beginning his career in the 1970s.

The Disney Legends Award was established in 1987 to honour the men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy.

The first recipient of this prestigious distinction was actor Fred MacMurray and since that time 203 Disney Legends have been named, including this year’s recipients.

Sir Elton received the award at a ceremony at the Walt Disney Headquarters in California earlier this week.

Disney President and chief executive Robert Iger presented the awards, he said: “This annual ceremony, now in its 19th year, gives all of us at Disney a moment to remember the importance of our past achievements and to recognise those who embody this company’s constant focus on delivering unparalleled creativity, quality and innovation to our audiences around the world.”

Sir Elton was enrolled as a Disney Legend along with 11 other awardees including ABC News presenter Peter Jennings.