Ariana Grande pulls out of Manchester tribute at the 2018 BRIT Awards

On February 21st, it was announced that Ariana Grande has pulled out of her performance at the 2018 BRIT Awards after doctors told her she was too ill to fly to Britain.

The 24-year-old singer was due to pay tribute to the 22 people killed at her concert in Manchester last year but has now been replaced by Liam Gallagher with just hours to spare.

Despite wanting to perform anyway, doctors have insisted she is not up to it, the BRITs chief executive has confirmed.

BRITs boss Geoff Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘We think it’s really important to recognise that terrible atrocity and the impact on so many lives so I can confirm we did have Ariana Grande lined up to make a performance tonight.

‘Unfortunately she was not able to travel on doctor’s orders, she’s not well, and I can say that there will be something tonight, I can’t say any more than that but people should tune in and watch. And hopefully it will be a fitting remembrance and recognition of what happened, which was so terrible.’

Insiders also told the Mirror she was ‘ordered by doctors not to fly’, saying: ‘It was utter chaos when the call came in that Ariana couldn’t do it. ‘It’s a race against time to get someone to do what is very much the centrepiece of the entire show.’

Following the news, the newspaper revealed: ‘Liam has saved the day by stepping in at the last minute. It’s a perfect choice. It’s going to be the moment of the evening.’

Miss Grande was believed to have been lined up for the top spot, with sources stating: ‘It will be the biggest talking point of the night. The whole industry wants to come together to pay their respects to the victims.

‘The effects of that terrible night resonated far and wide in the music industry and it’s only right everyone comes together to pay their respects.’

He could be singing Live Forever, which he sang with Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the Manchester One Love concert, according to reports.

The Mirror’s Tom Bryant took to Twitter to reveal: ‘BREAKING: Ariana Grande ‘ordered by her doctor not to fly’ after falling ill at the last minute before the BRITs.

‘A source close to the star exclusively tells the Mirror: ‘Ariana fell ill and was going to come in spite of that, but was ordered by her doctor to not fly.’

Liam Gallagher has not always been on good terms with BRIT bosses, launching a furious tirade after they rejected his initial request to perform at tonight’s ceremony. The Oasis frontman, 45, who famously swore, dropped his microphone and gave his award to the crowd during his acceptance speech at the Brits in 2010, labelled show bosses ‘too scared’ to have him among the line-up.

But the tragedy of the incident that devastated his home city appears to have changed his attitude.


PHOTOS: Ariana Grande spotted in Los Angeles (02/23)

On February 23rd, Ariana Grande has been seen for the first time since illness forced her to pull out of this week’s Brit Awards.

Looking far from her usual bubbly self, the 24-year-old carried her black boots as she left boyfriend Mac Miller’s house on Friday morning.


The sighting came as a source close to the singer revealed to her ‘devastation’ at pulling out of the tribute to the Manchester bombing victims.

It was Ariana’s own idea to perform at the show, the source told

‘She had a fever, a very specific type of fever,’ the source said. ‘She was devastated, honestly she spent a day crying, because she wanted to go but the doctor would not let her. She was genuinely distraught.

‘It was all her idea, they didn’t ask Ariana to go. It was her idea, she approached them. She said she felt like the Brits was the first major show and she needed to do something and she was devastated she wasn’t able to be there.’  The surprise performance was planned as a tribute to the 22 killed at her concert in May last year.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device as fans left the Manchester Arena.

Two weeks later, Grande returned to the city after organizing the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which reached a global audience of millions.

She had hoped to do something similar at the Brit Awards, before illness struck.

After Ariana pulled out, Liam Gallagher took to the stage in her place.

Recovering from her illness back home in Los Angeles, a dressed down Ariana looked low key on her Friday outing.

Bare-legged, despite the cold Los Angeles day, she wore a baggy sweatshirt, and carried a laptop at her front.

The American pop star wore her bleached blonde hair in a casual top knot, and appeared to be make-up free.


Ariana Grande is nominated at the 2016 BRIT Awards

On January 14th, the nominations for the 2016 BRIT Awards have been announced, and Ariana Grande has been given a nomination for International Female Solo Artist! Ariana is most likely to win this award for her notoriety and international fame worldwide.

There are no voting sessions for this category, so all we have to do is wait for the award ceremony to see the results! Check out the other artists Ariana is up against:

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande
Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Rey
Meghan Trainor


The 2016 BRIT Awards will be held on 24 February 2016. It will be the 36th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony will be held at The O2 in London and will be presented by Ant & Dec for the third time.

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