Grammy-winning singer Mariah Carey took the stage at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Thursday night to perform at a free concert to commemorate World AIDS Day (December 1) and celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization. The show opened with a dance performance by AHF Partner Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. AHF Partner and award-winning music producer DJ Khaled performed a set that included a surprise guest performance by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. Vonzell Solomon, American IdolSeason 4 finalist, gave a stirring live performance.
Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of Extra entertainment news show, and Daytime Emmy-winning actress/transgender activist, Laverne Cox, served as hosts for the evening. During the event, AHF presented The Chris Brownlie Community Champion Award, named in honor of gay political activist and AHF co-founder Chris Brownlie, to Impulse Group United, its international advocacy and empowerment group dedicated to promoting healthier sexual lifestyles among young gay men in 20 cities around the world. 19-year-old singer/songwriter Verlla Vee, grand prize winner of AHF’s National Jingle song contest, performed her winning original song about HIV/AIDS during the concert’s pre-show.
The free concert in Los Angeles is part of a series of events across the world to continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will include free concerts in Haiti, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia.