Rina Sawayama will headline the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Annual Oscar Party next month.

Since establishing the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, John has hosted an Oscars presentation party every year for the past three decades. This year, she will again present the gala, which will take place on March 12, with her husband David Furnish. He was unable to host last year due to scheduling conflicts with his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.

Sawayama shared the news on Twitter: “So excited to be performing at the #EJAFOscars on March 12th in support of @ejaf. Founded by my wonderful friend @eltonofficial, they have an incredibly important mission to end the stigma and inequality associated with HIV. around the world, and to spread more love and compassion,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, John said in a statement, “I’m thrilled to be reuniting with friends old and new on one of my favorite nights of the year,” the ‘Rocket Man’ singer said and the patrons who continue to support the work of the Foundation around the world in the fight against AIDS. With such significant generosity, we can make the world healthier and more inclusive” (via Billboard).

The pair struck up a friendship after John praised his 2020 debut album “Sawayama” on his Apple Music radio show, calling it his favorite record of the year. They then collaborated on a new version of their song “Chosen Family” in 2021.

Sawayama told NME in September that John gave him “great advice” when it came to music. “I trust him a lot when it comes to composing,” he said. “He’s literally telling me, ‘You’re one of the best songwriters in the whole world, if not the best.’ I always ask him: ‘What do you think?’

Meanwhile, in his own NME Big Read 2021, John explained how his radio show exposed him to a wide variety of newer artists. “I never lost my desire to hear new music,” he says, explaining that the show introduced him to “a whole host of new artists, music that I wouldn’t necessarily have listened to otherwise because Apple sends me a lot”. stuff.”

He adds, “However, I also scour NME’s websites and sites like this to find records I haven’t heard. I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. I’ve made friends with most of the young recording artists, and I love promoting new records”.

Sawayama will appear in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released later this year. “So” (I’m) very excited for people to see it in theaters, because it’s definitely, 100%, the best John Wick ever, and I’m not biased, like honestly, the scale is crazy this time around. ” , said.

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