Music icon, Grammy winner and star of TV’s hit The Voice, Christina Aguilera joins Emmy and Tony Award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, multi-award winning recording artist and world-renowned platinum selling singer/songwriter Leona Lewis and previously announced The Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden to headline the star-studded Rebels With a Cause gala fundraiser, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica. The evening benefits the groundbreaking research led by David B. Agus, MD, Director of the Westside Cancer Center and Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Sixteen-time Grammy Award winner David Foster returns as Musical Director and internationally acclaimed director and producer Don Mischer is set to produce.
The evening honors author, social activist and psychologist Dr. Cheryl Saban and entertainment industry leader and pioneer Haim Saban, both noted philanthropists. Sandy and David Ellison along with Skydance Media Co-Chair the event. C.L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California is Honorary Co-Chair.
One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won six Grammy awards. She has also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has had the prestigious honor of being named the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011 she entered the world of TV as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show The Voice. Christina continues to use her voice for good. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 where her participation has helped raised $115 million for WFP and others, providing 460 million meals and saving millions of lives.
Emmy and Tony winning actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage. Best remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her Tony nominated role as Glinda the Good Witch in the original production of Wicked, she scored a Tony for her performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. In 2015, Chenoweth returned to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, capturing Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A regular on a host of television series, including Glee, The West Wing and Pushing Daisies as well as on the big screen, she is a veteran of the concert stage, performing to sold-out crowds in concert halls worldwide.
The instantly recognizable voice of Leona Lewis has been called “a force of nature” and has garnered the British-born singer-songwriter seven BRIT Award nominations, three Grammy Award nominations and made the quadruple-platinum Bleeding Love the best-selling song of 2008. She made U.S. history becoming the first U.K. female solo artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in over 20 years while chalking up an impressive 20 million album sales to date worldwide. In 2014, Lewis re-teamed with Echo producer and collaborator Toby Gad to create her fifth and most personal full-length album I Am, released in 2015. Considered as confessional as it is catchy, it features hit singles Fire Under My Feet, Thunder and the title song, I Am, all demonstrating Lewis’s striking, almost ethereal vocal range.
James Corden will tackle double duties, serving as both Master-of-Ceremonies and featured entertainer for Rebels. Currently host of the late-night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, he previously won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance and hosts the British television comedy game show A League of Their Own since 2010. This year he will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards.