Monday, May 20, 2024

Elton John Oscar Party, Co-Hosted by Lady Gaga, Raised $8.6 Mil for AIDS Research — And Elton Satellited In For a Private Show!


Elton John was on stage somewhere in the heartland Sunday night. He couldn’t even be at his own Oscar party in Hollywood. But the party was a smash anyway, co-hosted by Lady Gaga, David Furnish, Eric McCormack, Billy Porter, and Brandi Carlile. EJAF, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, raised $8.6 million for AIDS research and funding of projects to end the terrible epidemic.

Unlike the Vanity Fair party the annual Elton soiree is thrown for a purpose. The only people who benefit from the Vanity Fair ratf*ck are Conde Nast and their advertisers. Late in the evening, around 12;45am, we ran into three guys in their 60s from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn who were right out of central casting for “Goodfellas” or “The Sopranos.” They’d actually bought their way into the VF party!)

The A List Guests at EJAF included Casey Affleck, Saweeti, Demi Lovato, Kevin Costner, Zooey Deschanel, Donatella Versace, Fran Drescher, star sisters Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, Christina Hendricks, Chris Pine, Lucy Hale, Heidi Klum, Chris Sullivan and Chrissy Metz, Andrew Rannells, Sofia Richie, Liam Payne, Beck, Bobby Berk, Emily Hampshire, Nukki Haskell, Kathy and Rick Hilton, among others.

To the delight of the attendees, Elton John joined via satellite from his rescheduled Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stop in Lincoln, Nebraska, to express his appreciation for their support and treat the crowd to a special performance of “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Live at the party Brandi Carlile and surprise guest John Wesley Rogers performed a duet of “Rocket Man.” How cool was that?

PS Everyone went by strict protocols, with vaccine cards double checked, and many with new COVID tests.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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