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Madonna, Elton John's Oscar Parties: Who Was The Better Host?

Posted: 02/29/12 11:25 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/02/12 04:36 PM ET

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Madonna and Sir Elton John's combative history is no secret. Now, after both throwing an Oscar party on the same night, are they at it again?

Elton and his husband, David Furnish, held their annual Oscar dinner party at the Pacific Design Centre in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation -- tickets cost $3,500 and last year more than $4 million was raised. Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Fran Drescher, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani and Neil Patrick Harris all danced the night away at Elton's lavish fete, while Madonna held her much smaller party at the private home of her manager, Guy Oseary.

"They both have a very different sense of style when it comes to throwing a party," a friend of Madonna's tells me. "While Elton wanted a big party, saying yes to any famous person who wanted to attend, Madonna was much more selective. She wanted a more intimate party with A-list stars and no reality stars for sure."

Elton and Madonna have been sparring since 2004, when Madonna won Britain's Q Award for Best Live Act. At the time, Elton took a shot at Her Madgesty, declaring, "Anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage, when you pay £75 to see them, should be shot."

The feud was reignited this year, when Elton proclaimed that Madonna had "no f--king chance of winning" a Golden Globe for "W.E." -- less than an hour before she took home the award.

"The biggest difference isn't just the guests invited," Madonna's friend said. "You will notice Elton's party is a big press event that even has a red carpet outside. Madonna's party is very private, a place where real stars can relax and have fun."

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