Elton John has a reputation for bringing up-and-coming musical performers to his Oscar night bash—recent acts have included Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and Raphael Saadiq—but this year he'll be veering off that course. Grace Jones will perform for guests at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation party on Sunday at the Pacific Design Center.
Jones's predictably unpredictable performance is likely to begin around 10 p.m., after the celebrity-heavy viewing party and dinner portion, which begins at 5 p.m., after a cocktail hour. The gala will have production by Virginia Fout of V Productions and design and flowers by Antony Todd. (Preview: Expect a modern look for the party space, with punches of bright orange.)
“Grace Jones is not only an amazing performer, but a dear friend and a fellow activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” John said in an announcement. “Without a doubt, Grace will put on a show for our guests that will have them talking for years to come. It is an absolute honor to have Grace as part of this evening that means so much to the foundation.”