Watch Dua Lipa, Elton John carry out collectively at Oscars celebration

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Elton John’s annual Oscars viewing celebration was not shaken by the pandemic. Maintaining a yearly custom, the twenty ninth Elton John AIDS Basis Academy Awards celebration shifted to a digital format this 12 months as a substitute of its standard venue in West Hollywood.

Sunday’s gala, hosted by John, husband David Furnish and actor Neil Patrick Harris, featured a efficiency from pop musician Dua Lipa, who sang “Levitating,” “Fairly Please,” “Hallucinate” and “Don’t Begin Now” from her acclaimed sophomore album, “Future Nostalgia.”

The crescendo of the evening featured a piano-backed duet with John and Lipa — who become a long-sleeved silver robe embedded with diamonds. The duo carried out “Bennie and the Jets” from John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway” album and “Love Once more” from “Future Nostalgia.”

John and Lipa, accompanied by a choir and a violinist, sang in the course of an ornate foyer. Of their first-ever duet, they sang verses collectively earlier than Lipa ultimately took the lead as John backed her on piano. On the finish of “Bennie and the Jets,” Lipa blew John a kiss.

The forged of “It’s a Sin” — Lydia West, Callum Scott Howells, Omari Douglas, Olly Alexander and Nathaniel Curtis — have been among the many star-studded friends. Elizabeth Hurley made a cameo, as did earlier Oscar winner Girl Gaga, who gave a speech about psychological well being.

“Our psychological well being is prime to our bodily well being and that is very true for younger individuals combating HIV,” Gaga stated. “It’s tragic to assume {that a} quarter of adolescents dwelling with HIV don’t entry the medical care they want due to despair or feeling overwhelmed. The truth is we gained’t finish the AIDS disaster until we look after each psychological and bodily well being.”

Cynthia Erivo wears a black dress with a flamingo on top of it

Cynthia Erivo wore a flamingo gown at Sunday’s viewing celebration.

(Getty Photographs for the Elton John AIDS Basis)

Cynthia Erivo additionally turned heads in a flamingo gown harking back to Björk’s swan ensemble on the 73rd Academy Awards.

At the same time as a digital occasion, the gala raised a major quantity — $3 million — for John’s AIDS basis.

The contribution comes as coronavirus-related disruptions have upended well being providers in areas corresponding to sub-Saharan Africa, which has led to an estimated 500,000 further deaths from AIDs-related sicknesses, in line with the World Well being Group and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

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