Dua Lipa and Elton David light up the virtual release of his annual Oscars party


Elton John’s annual Oscars viewing party was not shaken by the pandemic. Keeping up a yearly tradition, the 29th Elton John AIDS Base Academy Awards celebration moved to a virtual format this year instead of its usual place in West Hollywood.

Sunday’s gala, hosted by John, hubby David Furnish and professional Neil Patrick Harris, showcased a performance from pop musician Dua Lipa , who did “Levitating, ” “Pretty Please, ” “Hallucinate” and “Don’t Start Now” from her acclaimed sophomore album, “Future Nostalgia. ”

The crescendo of the night featured a piano-backed duet with John and Lipa — who changed into the long-sleeved silver gown inlayed with diamonds. The duo performed “Bennie and the Jets” from John’s “Goodbye Yellowish Brick Road” album and “Love Again” from “Future Nostalgia. ”


Sara and Lipa, accompanied by a choir and a violinist, sang in the middle of an ornate lobby. In their first-ever duet, they sang verses together before Lipa eventually took the guide as John backed her on piano. At the end of “Bennie and the Jets, ” Lipa blew John a hug.

The particular cast of “It’s a Sin” — Lydia Western, Callum Scott Howells, Omari Douglas, Olly Alexander plus Nathaniel Curtis — had been among the star-studded guests. Elizabeth Hurley made a cameo, as did previous Oscar winner Lady Gaga, who seem to offered a speech about mental health.

“Our mental health is fundamental to our physical health and this is especially true meant for young people fighting HIV, ” Gaga said. “It’s tragic to think that a quarter of adolescents living with HIV do not access the medical care they require because of depression or sensation overwhelmed. The reality is we will not end the AIDS turmoil unless we care for both mental and physical wellness. ”

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

Cynthia Erivo wore a flamingo dress with Sunday’s viewing party.

(Getty Pictures for the Elton John AIDS Foundation)

Cynthia Erivo also switched heads in a flamingo dress reminiscent of Björk’s swan ensemble at the 73rd Academy Honours.

Even as a virtual event, the gala raised a significant amount — $3 million — designed for John’s AIDS foundation.

The contribution comes as coronavirus-related disruptions have upended health services in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, that has led to an estimated 500, 500 extra deaths from AIDs-related illnesses, according to the World Health Company and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.