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8 best moments from Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert

The world was watching Manchester on Sunday night as Ariana Grande hosted a benefit concert in aid of the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

With performances from Liam Gallagher, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Take That, Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber to name but a few, the massive gig was broadcast online and to 50 countries around the world.

And while it was a huge triumph from start to finish, here are the top 8 moments from the star-studded show.

1. Police officer dances with young fans

During Justin Bieber's emotional performance, the cameras cut to the crowd for a few moments to show a police man happily dancing in a circle with a group of young music fans.

It was only a few seconds on screen but the moment sparked the hashtag #dancingpoliceman on social media with many agreeing it was the epitome of what the One Love Manchester concert was all about.

2. Parrs Wood High School Choir

During the show Ariana performed with the choir from Manchester's Parrs Wood High School - some of whom were at her concert earlier this month when the attack happened.

As they performed the title track from the singer's 2014 album My Everything, one of the young singers struggled to fight back tears as she stood next to her idol.

The singer wrapped her arms around the young girl as the crowd sang along during the emotional moment.

3. Where is the Love?

Ariana Grande performed a number of duets on Sunday, but it was when she appeared on stage with the Black Eyed Peas to perform their 2003 hit Where Is The Love? that was most memorable.

The song was released in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York but the lyrics still resonate today and the performance was felt around the world.

4. Katy Perry

The line-up for Sunday's gig was pretty phenomenal but Katy Perry's performance was a particular highlight - namely her choice of songs.

The US singer arrived on stage and performed an acoustic version of her hit Part Of Me as well as a rousing rendition of Roar.

She also honoured the 22 victims of the bombing on her dress with their photographs  on the back.

5. Liam Gallagher

The line-up for the One Love concert was revealed days beforehand but Liam Gallagher's appearance was kept a secret as a special surprise.

While many had hoped his brother Noel would join him on stage for the event, the Oasis star's hometown performance was met with huge excitement.

A particular highlight from his set was when he was joined by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to perform the Oasis classic Live Forever - which he dedicated to the 22 victims.

6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

After performing her biggest hit One Last Time with the concert's huge line-up behind her on stage, Ariana closed the One Love Manchester gig with a solo rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

The 23-year-old stood alone in front of 50, 000 people and gave a heart-wrenching performance that was at times difficult for her to get through, but as her voice echoed out around the Old Trafford cricket ground the purpose of the concert was felt.

7. Don't Look Back in Anger

While we didn't get an Oasis reunion, Ariana Grande and Coldplay's rendition of Don't Look Back In Anger was a hugely poignant moment from the concert.

The song has returned to the UK charts after it was spontaneously sang following a moment of silence for the victims of the attack.

It has now become an anthem for the city in the wake of recent events.

8. The One Love Manchester crowd

While the One Love concert boasted a fantastic line-up of acts, it was the crowd that best represented the spirit of the event.

Pictures from the evening show the people coming their thousands, holding up signs of love and refusing let the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London break them.

As the TV cameras panned the audience we saw tear, smiles, singing and dancing, and it was a perfect way to honour those who lost their lives.

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