Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish will be hosting the 28th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party alongside the cast of Netflix’s Queer Eye (Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Karamo Brown and Bobby Berk). British singer-songwriter Sam Fender will be performing at the event, which will be held at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2020.
“I absolutely love Sam Fender. He’s so talented,” said John in a press release. “Each year we are blessed to have incredible artists do what they do best at our party and this year will be another special night not to miss. Given we have some of the wonderful hosts of Queer Eye at our party, we all wanted to use the event to raise funds for our work with LGBT communities around the world, many of whom are 20 times more vulnerable to the disease than their straight peers. AIDS isn’t over until no one gets left behind.”
IMDb will broadcast its four-hour “IMDb Live” streaming show during the party with co-hosts actress and comedian Aisha Tyler and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger.
The legend’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party strives to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was founded in 1992 and has funded local experts in 23 countries “to spread awareness, prevent infections and provide care and treatment for the most marginalized groups,” according to the release. Some of the disproportionately affected groups at risk of or living with HIV include “men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers.”
“We are delighted to have a few of Netflix’s Queer Eye hosts with us this year and so thankful for their support to the Foundation,” said Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, in a statement. “This year, the Academy Awards Viewing Party will help us to continue testing, treatment and prevention services for people at risk of living with HIV in the LGBT community at a time when we need to break down the barriers of stigma that prevent people from receiving the care they need.”