Liam Gallagher delivers emotional Manchester Arena tribute at 2018 BRIT Awards
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Liam Gallagher performed a moving and emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack during The 2018 BRIT Awards which took place last night at London’s O2 Arena. Gary Barlow introduced Gallagher and set the tone for his performance noting that the Manchester concert “epitomized the human spirit” and “hate will never win and fear will never divide us.”

Gallagher stood resolutely at the microphone with his hands shoved in the pockets of his coat as he sang the ruminating Oasis song “Live Forever.” Camera pans to the audience during his performance showed Global Success Award winner Ed Sheeran and his fiancée Cherry Seaborn swaying and singing along together, as well as British pop star Olly Murs also singing in the crowd.

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Gallagher, who was nominated for a British Male Solo Artist BRIT Award this year, was reportedly filling in for Ariana Grande, who was slated to perform but canceled due to being sick. The former Oasis front man performed the song in a duet with Chris Martin at Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert last June (Watch it in the video embedded above).

Twenty-two people were killed and over 100 were injured in the Manchester terror attack while leaving Grande’s concert last May. Gallagher’s moving BRIT Awards tribute proved to be an emotional highlight of the star-studded evening. (Watch a clip of the performance in the video embedded below).

Gallagher released his chart-topping debut solo album As You Were last October. He released the fifth single from the album, “Come Back to Me,” last November. Stay tuned to AXS for Liam Gallagher news and updates.