Elton John turned 70 on Saturday and in true Elton fashion, the star rang in his birthday with a dazzling star-studded Hollywood bash. Along with his husband, David Furnish, the singer celebrated his milestone day with an L.A. gala that boasted A-list guests including: Lady Gaga,Katy Perry, and even Prince Harry!
The evening event, which was held at Red Studios in Los Angeles, honored Elton’s fabulous career with Rob Lowe taking on host duties. Like any awards ceremony, Elton’s birthday featured musical performances by Lady Gaga, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash and Stevie Wonder. Lady Gaga, who is godmother to Elton and David's two sons, joined forces with Stevie Wonder to perform Elton's 1980 hit "Happy Birthday." Stevie Wonder also sang Elton's 1973 classic "Daniel," while Lady Gaga performed her 2011 single "Born This Way" for the crowd. Other celebrity guests included: Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Phillippe, Jon Hamm, James Corden and Heidi Klum.
Prince Harry made a memorable cameo at the event, appearing in video-form to wish the singer a happy day. The royal emulated one of Elton’s signature looks, wearing 70’s style star-shaped sunglasses. E! News reported that he was also seen pretending to read from the July 2016 issue of Attitude magazine, which featured him and his brother, Prince William, on the cover. The royal brothers have remained close to Elton, who was good friends with Harry and William’s mother Princess Diana. Elton was heartbroken after her 1997 death, honouring her with a personalised remake of his hit song "Candle in the Wind," which he played at her funeral.
Elton’s 50-year writing partnership with Bernie Taupin was also highlighted at the gala, which benefited both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Ahead of the event, Elton spoke with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, saying: “Some people don’t like birthdays, they don’t like celebrating, they don’t want to know about them, and I’ve always enjoyed my birthday… Seventy sounds so archaic, doesn’t it? When I was growing up, 70 sounded like the end of the world. But things have changed — you’re only as old as you feel inside.”
The Grammy-winner also gave fans a look at his family’s private birthday celebrations before the big gala. Elton shared a photo on Instagram of him and his sons Elijah and Zachary at their home. The trio are seen eyeing up a rather delicious looking chocolate cake. Against the snap, Elton wrote: "Birthday bliss." In addition, the star posted a photo of him holding a huge birthday card he had received for the big day, as well as a touching video montage that thanked fans for their support. “So many memories in this video,” he wrote. “Thank you for all the birthday wishes and your support over the years.