Mary J. Blige and Sir Elton John aren't usually talked about in the same sentence. But this Sunday, the two musical powerhouses are joining together to make music for a good cause. Mary will join Elton on stage for a duet at his annual John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party.
Mary says, "Elton John is one of the most inspirational musicians and philanthropists in this industry for me," Blige said in a statement Tuesday. "I respect him with all my heart, and it is truly a pleasure to be performing with him on such an important night as we look to raise awareness and vital funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS."
John's annual Oscar party has raised more than $15 million over the past 15 years. Blige's AIDS-awareness efforts date back to 2000, when she worked with MAC Cosmetics on its Viva Glam fundraising campaign.