Ariana Grande cancels tribute performance at BRIT Awards last minute
According to TMZ, Ariana Grande is on the list of performers at the Brit Awards ceremony held on 21 February in London, England. She was set to perform a tribute to the victims of the Manchester arena bombing in May 2017.
However, the performance was cancelled at the last minute. A sourse close to Ariana Grande said that she could not perform because of some health problems. Representatives of organization board confirmed Ariana was unable to fly to England due to requests from the doctor.
Her performance was cancelled at the last minute.
A source revealed to The Sun: “Ariana desperately wanted to come, she was so ill but she still wanted to get on the plane. Her doctor told her that she couldn’t perform, there was no question.
“She wasn’t even allowed to get on the plane, that’s how ill she was. She’s at home resting now but she’s devastated to miss it.”
Organizers had to quickly arrange a replacement to pull off the heartwarming tribute for the 22 people who were killed at Grande’s concert in May last year, when an Islamic extremist detonated a shrapnel bomb after the show.
Former Oasis frontman and Manchester native Liam Gallagher took to the stage within hours of Grande’s cancellation news, singing the band’s hit "Live Forever."
This is not the first time Ariana has cancelled a show. In May 2017, she cancelled four concerts in England and Belgium. In June, the American singer stopped three nights in Poland, Germany and Switzerland for psychological shock after the Manchester bombing that left 23 people dead.
Last August, Ariana had a show in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. However, she suddenly asked to cancel the show just hours before it. Internal sources from the show organizers in Vietnam said that Ariana Grande had a fever of 42 degrees and persistent cough so she was forced to pull out of the show in the same day.
Ariana cancelled many shows last year.
In her place, Gary Barlow of Take That introduced 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 spiel before Gallagher performed.
He said: “the people will always live on in our hearts and minds and memories” before asking Liam to come on stage.
Gallagher recently hit out at the BRIT Awards for being “too scared” to allow him to perform at the ceremony.
The former Oasis turned solo star was nominated for British Male Solo Artist, which went to Stormzy.
By: Christina Baker