Ariana Grande pulls off tribute performance at the BRIT Awards last moment due to illness

In August. 26, 2015 file photo, Ariana Grande performs during the honeymoon tour concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. The authorities in Costa Rica said on Monday 10 July 2017 they arrested a 22-year-old Colombian man suspected of threatening to stage an attack on a concert of pop singer.


Ariana Grande is set to perform a tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing on the BRIT Awards night, but was forced to cancel at the last moment.

The organizers had to quickly arrange a replacement to pull out the heart-warming tribute to the 22 people who were killed in Grande’s concert in May last year, after an Islamic extremist detonated a shrapnel bomb after the show.

Former Oasis frontman and Manchester native Liam Gallagher has taken to the stage within the hour of Grande cancellation news, singing the band’s hit “Eternal Life.”

Grande was allegedly so desperate to attend the music awards show for the run of the tribute, but was told by a doctor she was too sick to fly, let alone perform.

A source revealed to The Sun: “Ariana wanted to come, she was so sick, but she still wanted to get on the plane. Her doctor told her that she could not run, there was no question.

“She was not even allowed to be on the plane, that’s how sick she was. She’s at home resting now but she is devastated to miss it.”

Fans made signs praising Grande after the Manchester explosion in May 2017.


In its place, Gary Barlow of Take That the introduction of the poignant tribute.

Barlow, who performed at the star-studded ‘One Love’ Manchester show in the wake of the horror attack last year, said a heartwarming game for Gallagher to run.

He said: “the people will always live on in our hearts and thoughts and memories” to ask Liam to come on stage.

Gallagher recently hit at the BRIT Awards for “too afraid” to take him in to perform during the ceremony.

The former Oasis turned solo star was nominated for the British Male Solo Artist, which went to Stormzy.

The event was held at London’s O2 Arena.

A suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, blew himself up in the lobby of the Manchester Arena after the concert in May last year.

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