Beyonce, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Usher, Tiffany Haddish, and More Attend City of Hope Gala (PICS/VIDEO)

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The internet’s been abuzz with images of Beyonce’s stunning champagne colored Ralph and Russo dress and angelic performances of “XO”, “Ave Maria”, “Halo” and Ed Sheernan’s “Perfect”.  This was her first solo performance since the end of her wildly successful OTR II tour with husband Jay-Z, but there’s so much more.

The event raised more than $6 million for City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.  The event honored Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award.  The gala was hosted by producer/entertainer, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z presented the organization’s highest award to Jon Platt – Jon has worked with Beyonce since 2005.

A group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973 inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care. In its 45-year history, this group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.

“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”

“I am happy to be in a room that celebrates Jon and the important work he does behind the scenes,” said Beyoncé. “City of Hope has done much needed research and has provided quality care for patients for over a hundred years. I am honored to be a part of an event that represents an organization that works so tirelessly caring for others first and foremost.”

Image result for city of hope jon plattEach year City of Hope recognizes a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or overall entertainment. The coveted Spirit of Life® award is its highest honor. Jon Platt joins an impressive list of past honorees including Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris, and Sir Lucian Grainge.

For more information about donating to City of Hope, please visit CityofHope.org.

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Beyoncé performs a four-song set of “XO,” “Perfect,” “Ave Maria” and “Halo" during the City of Hope gala.
Beyoncé performs (Kevin Mazur for Getty Images for City of Hope)
Jay Z and Jon Platt.
Jay Z and Jon Platt. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for City of Hope
Tiffany Haddish, left, and Jay-Z at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala.
Tiffany Haddish, left, and Jay-Z at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala. (Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for City of Hope)
Jon and Angie Platt pose with Usher and Rita Ora.
Angie and Jon Platt with Usher and Rita Ora. Lester Cohen/Getty Images for City of Hope.
Spirit of Life gala host Pharrell Williams bows down before honoree Jon Platt.
Gala host Pharrell Williams bows down before honoree Jon Platt. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Quincy Jones, left, with Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala.
Quincy Jones, left, with Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for City of Hope)
Dr. Dre and Jon Platt.
Dr. Dre and Jon Platt. Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Prisoner Wine Company

 

City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Jonathan Platt, Usher, and Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell Music and Jon Platt
Pharrell Williams. (Lester Cohen/Getty Images for City of Hope)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Kelly Rowland and Pharrell Williams. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America
Tiffany Haddish and Jay-Z
Tiffany and Jay-Z (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for City of Hope)
Tiffany Haddish and Usher
Usher and Tiffany Haddish (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for City of Hope)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
“Spirit of Life Award” Recipient Jon Platt. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Wiz Khalifa (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Derek Fisher and Gloria Govan (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Guests at the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala 2018 (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Specialty cocktails provided by D’usse. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
(Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America)
City of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala 2018 - Inside
Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary perform (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America)

 

 

 

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.

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