Liam Gallagher paid a moving tribute to those killed in the Manchester Arena attack at the Brit Awards 2018

Liam Gallagher paid a moving tribute to those killed in the Manchester Arena attack with a poignant rendition of Live Forever.

The former Oasis singer stepped in as a special guest to replace US pop star and honorary Mancunian Ariana Grande after she was forced to pull out of tonight’s BRITs.

He wowed viewers at home and at the O2 Arena in London, including Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs, with a touching orchestral rendition of the Oasis classic ballad, wearing his trademark parka.

One fan tweeted: “Liam Gallagher is a national f***ing treasure.”

Liam performing Live Forever
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Another viewer tweeted: “Love that Liam Gallagher did his stuff then walked off the stage no pomp & ceremony with him!”

Liam, who was introduced to the stage by Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, gave an emotional performance for those killed in the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena in May last year.

Twenty two people lost their lives in the incident in May last year during the Ariana Grande concert.

Ariana, who returned to the city a few weeks later to host the One Love Manchester concert, was reportedly forced to pull out of the BRITs after being “ordered by doctors not to fly” after falling ill at the last minute.

And sources said Burnage’s finest “saved the day” after stepping in at the last minute.

Introducing Liam to the stage Rule the World singer Gary said: “May 22 2017 will always be remembered for the saddest of reasons.

“That night 14,000 people were having a wonderful time watching Ariana Grande perform at the Manchester Arena.

“These innocent, beautiful music-loving people were blissfully unaware that in just a few moments their lives would change forever.

“A horrific terrorist attack took place, stealing the lives, dreams and futures of 22 people while injuring and maiming hundreds of others.

Gary Barlow paid a moving tribute before introducing Liam to the stage
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“Lives changed irreparably forever. A few weeks later Ariana returned to the city to host the One Love Manchester concert helping the families of the victims and survivors of the tragedy.

“It was an event that epitomised the human spirit, an event that showed hate will never win and fear will never divide us.

“In a tribute to the people who we so sadly lost that day but who will forever live on in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories please welcome on stage Liam Gallagher.”

Liam previously sang Live Forever with Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the One Love Manchester fundraiser.

Moving tribute to those killed in the arena attack
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Recently Liam accused Brit Awards organisers of refusing to let him play live.

He wrote on Twitter: “So the Brit awards have ballooned it again. All I wanted to do was play LIVE but there (sic) too scared.”

Another Oasis hit Don’t Look Back in Anger became the city’s anthem of defiance in the wake of attack.
At the end of the show it was announced that the BRITs was dedicated in memory of the music fans who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, listing all 22 names.

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