First the Grammys – now the Oscars.
Florence + the Machine, among the crop of best new artist nominees at this year’s Grammy Awards, is set to perform at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards gala on Feb. 27 in West Hollywood – after receiving a personal invitation from John himself.
“That Elton asked me, that’s just unbelievable,” Florence Welch, who fronts the band, tells USA Today in a new interview. “It’s an amazing event, and the AIDS cause is such a fantastic thing to be a part of. I’m so happy to play some small part in raising awareness for his charity.”
The gala will take place at L.A.’s Pacific Design Center, and feature food by Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Last year, the event raised almost $4 million for AIDS research.