Katy Perry Sings Touching Duet With 11-Year-Old Who Has Autism

Fri, October 19, 2012 9:44am EDT by 9 Comments
Katy Perry Autism Duet
Courtesy of Comedy Central

Katy Perry’s duet of ‘Firework’ with 11-year-old Jodi DiPiazza, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, received a standing ovation during Comedy Central’s ‘Night of Too Many Stars,’ autism fundraiser. Jodi played piano for the entire song, and joined Katy on vocals — watch the heart-warming performance.

Katy Perry used her star power and strong vocals to raise money for autism programs during Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, which airs on Oct. 21. She sang her hit single Firework with Jodi DiPiazza, who was diagnosed with autism when she was just 2 years old.

Before the performance, Jodi’s parents told her daughter’s emotional journey with autism, from not being able to speak or communicate, to playing piano flawlessly and expressing herself through music.

Jodi’s story proved that with the right combination of therapy and medical intervention, autism can be treated.

The event, hosted by John Stewart, airs on Comedy Central on Sunday, Oct. 21, and features dozens of celebrity appearances and performances to raise money for autism programs. In 2010, the event gave more than $3.1 million in grants to 41 programs in 13 states.

Watch the performance below.

What did YOU think of the duet HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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