The legendary English rockstar, Elton John, recently made an announcement on the official webpage of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and his Instagram account and revealed that ‘for the first time ever,’ this year’s Academy Award Party will be open for everyone and gave details about some special performances that will take place during the event.

There is no doubt that Elton John is one of the most popular and accomplished rockstars of all time. Although he’s mainly known for his music career, he is also a great philanthropist. His sensitivity towards crucial issues and wish to raise awareness on important matters were applauded by Queen Elizabeth II, who knighted Elton John in 1998.

Sir Elton John established The Elton John AIDS Foundation  (EJAF) back in 1992. To this day, it is one of the most powerful independent AIDS organizations all around the world, and its mission is to end the deadly AIDS epidemic. One of the most well-known mottos of the EJAF is ‘No more discrimination. No more HIV infections. No more AIDS deaths. No matter who or where you are.’

The Elton John AIDS Foundation held its first Academy Award Party in 1993 and since then, it has become an annual event. It is hosted by Elton John and his foundation and it is considered to be one of the most high-profile parties in the Hollywood film industry and it isn’t very easy to get in. The high-priced tickets are given by invitation only and a celebrity auction, and the income contributes to the foundation fund.

However, it was recently announced on the Elton John AIDS Foundation webpage that ‘for the first time ever’ this year’s Academy Awards Pre-Party will be a virtual one which will take place on April 25, and people from all over the world can attend it by purchasing a ticket at the price of $19.99. The party will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and there will be a spectacular performance by Dua Lipa who will also perform a duet with Elton John.

Here’s how the event was described on the Elton John AIDS Foundation webpage:

We are bringing our annual Oscars party to you!

Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 29th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Pre-Party and Viewing Party will be virtual on Sunday, April 25, 2021. We invite you to join us for a 60-minute Pre-Party Special, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, with a spectacular stripped-back performance by GRAMMY Award Winner Dua Lipa and a must-see duet with Elton John.”

This is what Elton John said in the caption of his Instagram post:

“Rehearsals done! 🚀 I’m so happy to have finally met the incredibly talented Dua Lipa today for our Elton John Aids Foundation Oscars rehearsal. We’ll be doing an exclusive duet performance on April 25. For the first time ever, you can now be a part of my brilliant Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar Party and join Dua and me for just £14.99/$19.99.

To this day, millions of people continue to be impacted by HIV/AIDS and young people represent a huge portion of these figures. We are committed to making sure no one is left behind, but we need your help! Money raised from this year’s one-of-a-kind party will support the 1,600 young people who contract HIV every day.”

You can click here to have a look at this year’s Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Pre-Party and check out Elton John’s Instagram post below.

Photo Credit: Elton John – Instagram