Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAFElton John’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party held Sunday night in L.A. was another success, raising a whopping $5.1 million for his AIDS Foundation.
It was the 22nd year that Elton has hosted the event, and this year’s star-studded crowd included Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Jane Fonda, Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian and sisters Khloe and Kourtney, Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Neil Patrick Harris, Eric McCormack, Jane Seymour, Robert De Niro, and many more celebrities.
Guests dined on a lavish five-course dinner from a menu created by Chef Gordon Ramsay, and participated in a silent auction for which the premiums included a piano signed by Elton and Bernie Taupin, a print of Elton and John Lennon taken in 1974 and signed by the photographer, five days at Steven Tyler’s home in Hawaii, and both tickets to and a backstage tour of the upcoming Broadway musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Speaking to reporters on the red carpet, Steven Tyler explained why he’d auction off the chance for a stranger to spend time at his home. …read more