On Sunday night, Steven Tyler’s annual Grammy Awards Viewing Party was back in action after a 2021 pandemic pause. As always, the evening benefited the iconic rocker’s Janie’s Fund, a partnership with Youth Villages aimed at helping girls overcome abuse and trauma. The evening raised massive funds to support the cause, which included Aerosmith’s touring “Dream On” piano being auctioned off for a whopping $700,000 and a fan bidding $100,000 to have his photo taken with Tyler on site by celebrity photographer Andy Gotts.
Prior to the festivities, Tyler told Variety how glad he was to be able to gather in person for the sold-out soiree, which took place at the Hollywood Palladium. And just like everyone else, he admitted to having spent the depths of the pandemic doing his share of soul searching. “It was strange and I was on an island somewhere out to sea,” he said. “I was just as scared as anyone else. I went through a lot of things myself. It wasn’t all honey and let’s go get some yogurt and go swimming and see the sharks. It was a lot of stuff going on.”