The star power was definitely in the building last night for a good, charitable cause.
Alicia Keys rounded up some of her highest profile, A-List celebrity friends to join her in a fundraiser dinner/auction to drop some stacks to help bring “consciousness and awareness” to the HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting the world.
Her charm and talent helped the singer raise $401,500 through auctions at her Black Ball event, which celebrates Keep a Child Alive, her 8-year-old organization aiding HIV/AIDS victims in Africa and India.
A dinner party with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts went for $25,000 and a trip to Paris Fashion Week to see shows by Givenchy sold for $15,000. The top bid was a lifetime membership to all Donald Trump golf properties, selling at $180,000.
Keys was joined onstage by Usher, Richie Sambora, Norah Jones, Gary Clark, Jr., and others at the event Thursday night at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. She closed the night with Black Eyed Peas’ leader will.i.am, singing Fergie’s verse on the hit “I Gotta Feeling,” which had Keys’ mom and younger brother dancing happily onstage.
The event honored the charity’s commitment to India, showing videos of children in the country battling with HIV/AIDS, and being kicked out of their homes as a result.
“We all deserve a chance at life,” Keys said in an interview on the red carpet. “Tonight really goes to the people. It really goes to the people that we serve, so that they can have the medicine to live.”
Sounds like the night and fundraiser was a huge success.
Flip the script to peep the pics from the festivities.
Alicia Keys and ‘Top Chef’ judge Padma Lakshmi
Alicia Keys and Russell Simmons
Alicia Keys and Ursher-baby (what is this new hairstyle he’s rockin’??)
Clive Davis and Russell Simmons
Lala, Carmelo Anthony, and Alicia Keys
Queen Latifah in all her glory
Olivia Harrison (late Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s widow), ‘The Soprano’s’ star Steve Van Zandt, and Oprah’s BFF Gayle King.
Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, and Lala Vazquez-Anthony
Serena and Melo flick it up.
Swizz Beatz and Stephen Hill
Swizzy and Ursher-baby
Tyra Banks and Lala
Ursher-baby and Uncle Rush
Zoe Kravitz and Alicia Keys