Ryan Adams and Rosanne Cash were also among the live highlights at the charity gala
Cai Trefor
06:20 27th March 2017

A celebration for Elton John's 70th was held in Los Angeles on Saturday (25 March) with performances from Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Ryan Adams and Rosanne Cash. Check out some footage below.

The celebration was also for his 50 years of partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for the majority of John's songs.

Who would play live at the event, which was a gala fundraiser with proceeds going to the Hammond Museum and Elton John AIDS Foundation, was kept a secret from John in the build-up, according to Beats 1. But, boy, must he have been happy when he found out who was coming.

Highlights included 'Poker Face' star Gaga being able to add Wonder to the list of legends she's played with in 2017 as they duetted on 'Happy Birthday'. The versatile singer also played a piano ballad version of her hit single, 'Born This Way'.

The effortlessly cool Ryan Adams performed a cover of John's all time classic 'Rocket Man', - a number they performed together numerous times in the past.

Elsewhere, John told Beats that he's working on a memoir about his life with Alexis Petridis from The Guardian, but revealed no further details as to how complete the project is.

Also in the interview conducted by Zane Lowe he said he feels modern pop is not as strong as it used to be because too many cooks spoil the broth.

"When you see on hit records, eleven writers it’s like, wow are you kidding me?", he said. "That's why I don't think the average pop song these days is as good because it comes from too many places. A robotic process rather a human process. And I will say this, music is nowhere near as good now as it was in the 50s 60s and 70s and the 80s. Because it’s changed, it’s more robotic." He put Sheeran and Adele's success down to them keeping their songwriting more close-knit.