Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mary J Blige joins Elton for Oscar Bash & Larry King Live

Two longtime AIDS activists are seeking to make beautiful music together on Oscar night: Mary J. Blige will join Elton John on stage for a duet at John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party Sunday.

"Elton John is one of the most inspirational musicians and philanthropists in this industry for me," Blige said in a statement Tuesday. "I respect him with all my heart, and it is truly a pleasure to be performing with him on such an important night as we look to raise awareness and vital funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS."

John's annual Oscar party has raised more than $15 million over the past 15 years. Blige's AIDS-awareness efforts date back to 2000, when she worked with MAC Cosmetics on its Viva Glam fundraising campaign.

The "queen of hip-hop soul" has also worked with John before. He played piano on her single "Deep Inside." No word yet on what song the two will perform at the Oscar party.

Elton will also appear on Larry King Live, sunday Feb 24th. "Larry takes you inside his Oscar-night bash that raises money for AIDS. It's your all-access, behind-the-scenes pass to one of the most exclusive parties in Hollywood!" 

"Larry King Live" - CNN Monday through Sunday at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

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