The 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place March 27 at West Hollywood Park, raising $8.6 million for the foundation's work to end AIDS.
The event was hosted by 12-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/actress Lady Gaga; Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning artist Billy Porter; and Emmy-winning actor Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), alongside CEO of Rocket Entertainment and chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation David Furnish.
Among the crowd of supporters, the foundation welcomed Demi Lovato, Kevin Costner, Zooey Deschanel, Donatella Versace, Fran Drescher, 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 and other distinguished guests.
The 2022 Academy Awards Viewing Party aligns with the 30th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and also marks the Foundation's return to live events. Since the gala's inception in 1992, the Party has supported the Foundation's efforts by raising more than $86 million for its lifesaving programs. All funds raised support the Foundation's network of partners and local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections and provide treatment, as well as influencing governments to end AIDS.
"Even though Elton was not able to be with us in person, we were so happy to bring Elton to the Oscar Party while he performed live from Nebraska," says Furnish in a statement. "It was an especially unforgettable and emotional evening with our sons in attendance for the first time. They made their fathers extremely proud representing our family at the Foundation's most important night of the year!"