On Sunday, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler hosted his second annual Grammy Viewing Party benefit for his Janie’s Fund charity, and he got his famous band together to headline the bash.
The event, held at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, raised more than $2.8 million for Janie’s Fund, which helps young female victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Among the many celebrities in attendance were Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, X Ambassadors, Mark Wahlberg, Terry Crews, music producer David Foster, Kelsey Grammer and Caitlyn Jenner.
This year’s fundraiser was a significantly larger event than the inaugural Grammy Viewing Party. “That’s what we wanted,” Tyler told Billboard during the benefit. “It means people are starting to feel it in their heart and they understand our mission!”
Aerosmith played a hit-packed, 11-song set that included classics such as “Back in the Saddle,” “Love in an Elevator,” “Cryin’,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On,” “Walk This Way” and “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which was the inspiration for Janie’s Fund.
During the show, Stone jumped onstage with the band and played some harmonica. Video clips of Aerosmith performing “Let the Music Do the Talking” are posted on the group’s social media sites.
In addition to the group’s performance, the event featured a dinner, cocktails, an auction, speakers and, of course, a viewing of the awards ceremony.
Among the items sold during the auction: a guitar owned by Joe Perry, which fetched $80,000, and Tyler’s Can-AM 3-wheeler, which brought in $40,000.
Speaking to Billboard, the gala’s host, Glee star Jane Lynch, said of Janie’s Fund, “It’s an amazing organization. Steven is so passionate about it and to hear him talk about it, you want to write a check and get involved.”
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