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On the Scene: Elton John and k.d. lang duet for AIDS research

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John_lIf there’s one person who knows how to throw a party, it’s Elton John. And his sixth annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation proved that point yet again. The event, held Sept. 25 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel, contained several memorable moments. After waiters cleared our appetizer plates (mozzarella balls in a parmesan-crust bowl), Sir Elton came to the stage with a review: “The first course is now going to the Food and Drug Administration to find out what it was.” One of the night’s honorees, Sharon Osbourne, used her time on stage to profess her love for the evening’s host, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “Anderson Cooper, I love him!” she gushed. Alas, Cooper had already dashed off to host AC360, so he missed the shout-out.

But as always, the highlight of the night was the musical performance. This year, after Elton kicked things off with solo renditions of “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and “Levon,” inaugural EW cover girl k.d. lang took a stage for a thrilling, drop dead gorgeous five-song set that featured the most beautiful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that I’ve ever heard. The pair capped off the night with a lovely duet of “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.” Check out some video, after the jump, from that night and see why none of us were the least bit sorry we showed up.

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