Liam Gallagher paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing at Wednesday night's Brit Awards after Ariana Grande was forced to pull out due to illness.

Grande was meant to be performing during the ceremony to remember the victims of the attack that took place at her concert in May last year but was instructed by her doctor not to travel due to illness. 

Take That star Gary Barlow introduced Liam Gallagher, who stepped in to pay tribute to the victims with a rendition of Oasis's track Live Forever.

Barlow said while introducing the Oasis star: "May 22 2017 will always be remembered for the saddest of reasons. That night 14,000 people were having a wonderful time watching Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.

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

"A horrific terrorist attack took place, stealing the lives, dreams and futures of 22 people while injuring and maiming hundreds of others.

"Lives changed irreparably forever. 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.

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

"In a tribute to the people we so sadly lost that day but who will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories, please welcome on stage, Liam Gallagher."

Ariana Grande unable to attend Brit Awards due to illness

Two weeks after the Manchester attack, Grande returned to the city after organising the One Love Manchester benefit concert.