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Katy Perry, Baz Luhrmann set for G’Day USA Arts Gala

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Katy Perry, “Avatar” star Stephen Lang and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann are set to attend the 20th annual G’Day USA Arts Gala celebrating prominent Australians in the US entertainment industry.

The event, led by the American Australian Association, an advocacy group that looks to strengthen industry ties between Hollywood and Australia, is scheduled for January 28 in Los Angeles.

Perry will present the organization’s excellence in the arts to model and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr. Lang will present the Excellence in Film and Television kudos to his “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” co-star Sam Worthington. Australian rapper The Kid LaRoye is also set to receive the Excellence in Music Award. G’Day USA Gratitude is meant to highlight figures from film, TV, music and culture who have enhanced US-Australia relations.

Luhrmann, one of the industry’s top directors, will address the organization that helped launch his own career as an upstart director from Down Under. He was honored at the first-ever G’Day USA Arts Gala as he began his star rise with films such as 1996’s “Romeo + Juliet,” 2001’s “Moulin Rouge” and 2013’s “The Great Gatsby.” This year, Luhrmann is deep in the Oscar race with his 2022 biopic “Elvis,” which was filmed on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The event will feature a tribute from recording artist Delta Goodrem and special guests Australian superstar Olivia Newton-John. The “Grease” and “Xanadu” star died in August at the age of 73. Also performing at the event are Australian recording artist G Flip and Mi-Kaisha, an Aboriginal singer-songwriter.

Angela Bishop, a veteran on-air personality for Australia’s Network 10 and its entertainment coverage, will host G’Day USA.

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