Rina Sawayama performs at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscars party

The British-Japanese singer praised 'Everything Everywhere...' and Michelle Yeoh onstage

Rina Sawayama performed at Elton John‘s Oscars viewing party in Los Angeles, California last weekend – watch the footage below.

John has held the annual invite-only event for the last 30 years in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which he launched in 1992. Funds are raised through high-price tickets and a celebrity auction.

Footage has since emerged of Sawayama performing the ‘Hold The Girl’ tracks ‘This Hell’ and ‘Catch Me In The Air’ at the 2023 party. In another clip, the singer-songwriter praises Everything Everywhere All At Once after the film bagged seven Oscars.


“I had a little cry backstage because I was watching the Best Actress [award, won by Michelle Yeoh] and Best Movie get announced,” Sawayama tells the audience. “And as a queer Asian woman myself, to see a movie like Everything Everywhere All At Once and an actor like [Yeoh] be finally celebrated is so fantastic.”

She continues: “So tonight I’m here to entertain you, and entertain you enough so that you all spread yourself wide. So you all spread your wallets open wide. Because tonight we’re celebrating but we’re also raising a lot of money.”

Held at West Hollywood Park, John’s Oscars party also included special guests Eric McCormack and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. John and his husband David Furnish, meanwhile, served as hosts.

Check out a range of videos and images below.


John and Sawayama struck up a friendship after the former praised the latter’s 2020 debut album ‘Sawayama’ on his Apple Music radio show, saying it was his favourite record of the year. The pair went on to collaborate on a reworked version of Sawayama’s song ‘Chosen Family’ in 2021.

Speaking to NME last September, the singer revealed that John had offered her some “great advice” regarding some unreleased music.

John said in a previous statement that he was “overjoyed to be reuniting with old and new friends” at his 2023 Oscars viewing party.

“I am so appreciative of every attendee, donor and sponsor who continues to support the Foundation’s work across the globe in the fight to end AIDS,” he added. “With such meaningful generosity, we can make a healthier and more inclusive world.”

Sawayama tweeted: “Beyond excited to be performing at #EJAFOscars on March 12 in support of @ejaf.

“Founded by my wonderful friend @eltonofficial, they’re on an incredibly important mission to end HIV stigma and inequalities around the world, and to spread more love and compassion.”

You can catch up with all the winners from the Oscars 2023 here.

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