You can expect Elton John’s presence at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday. The legendary performer will make an appearance as he and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin are nominated for Best Original Song. The nod recognized the pair’s work for the track “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the musical biopic “Rocketman.”
But attending the prestigious awards ceremony won’t be stopping him from missing his yearly charity event — a viewing and afterparty which will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“As soon as the category has been presented, we have a police escort to zoom from the Dolby Theater to get here as quickly as possible,” the musician’s partner and, “Rocketman” producer David Furnish confirmed to Variety on Thursday. Furnish noted that they are prioritizing the cause over the awards show. “Hopefully we get here before the actual Oscar broadcast ends. This is where we need to be.”
Aside from the couple’s appearance at the Oscar Awards, the “Queer Eye” stars will also be the hosts of the 28th annual event.
“What I really respect about ‘Queer Eye’ as a program is they go into the heart of middle America where the perception is is that we’re really far apart and they try to get us to a point where we’re much much closer together than we truly realize,” Furnish said referring to the hit Netflix show.
He also sang praises for the five men — Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Jonathan Van Ness — as “uniters, not dividers.”
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.