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There Was A Moving Tribute To The Victims Of The Manchester Attack At The Brits

"The people we so sadly lost that day will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds, and in our memories."

Tonight at the Brit Awards in London, Manchester native Liam Gallagher performed a moving tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack that left 22 people dead and dozens more injured in May last year.

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Ariana Grande was scheduled to make a surprise appearance at the ceremony to perform the tribute, but a source with knowledge of the situation told BuzzFeed that Ariana was taken ill and advised by her doctor not to fly to the UK. Gallagher stepped in at the last minute to fill Ariana's slot.

Gary Barlow, who performed at Ariana's benefit concert for the victims in June, One Love Manchester, introduced Gallagher's performance with an emotional speech.

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

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

"The people we so sadly lost that day will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds, and in our memories," the speech concluded.

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After the speech, Liam Gallagher took to the stage to perform a rendition of Oasis' "Live Forever".

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Although Ariana was unable to attend the ceremony herself, due to being taken ill, she posted a video on her Instagram story to let fans know she was watching.

People thanked Gallagher and Barlow for the tribute, saying they did Manchester proud.

Thank you @liamgallagher for doing Manchester proud and remembering those lost #brits

always thinking of our 22 angels, ♡ manchester, we’re strong #BRITs

I have so much respect for Liam Gallagher stepping in last minute, he gave such a strong & incredible performance d… https://t.co/FUy9RROjKZ

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