Sir Elton John has been left "humbled" after receiving a prestigious charity honour for his continued work in the fight against Aids.

The Rocket Man hitmaker, who has raised millions for good causes through his Elton John Aids Foundation, received the Harvard Aids Initiative Leadership Award at his An Enduring Vision benefit gala in New York on Tuesday (15Oct13).

Accepting the prize, which celebrates individuals who have displayed "outstanding vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against Aids", the singer revealed he was incredibly flattered to follow in the footsteps of Richard Gere, Paul Michael Glaser's late wife Elizabeth, and his tragic friend and fellow activist, Diana, Princess of Wales, who was honoured posthumously in 1997.

He told the audience: "This is quite a humbling experience. I am so humbled to be counted among such august company, but I'm also tremendously inspired by their courage, their vision, their generosity, their dedication and grace under fire."

John wasn't the only honouree at the event - former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was handed the Elton John Aids Foudation's inaugural Founder's Award.