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Robbie Williams paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack as he kicked off his Heavy Entertainment Tour in the city on Friday night.

Williams became visibly distraught as he sung Angels to the 50,000 strong crowd at his Manchester Etihad concert, just a short distance from where a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert less than two weeks ago.

The pop star, who will also perform at Ariana’s benefit concert as part of Take That this weekend, at times had to pause as he became overwhelmed with emotion, but the crowd knew the words and sung along even when he stopped.

“This next song is dedicated to all the people that tragically lost their lives last week here in Manchester,” he said before beginning his hit 90s ballad, which was his last song of the night.

Several social media users shared footage of the goose bump-inducing performance, with one writing that “everyone [is] now crying” in the stadium.

Sunday night’s benefit concert looks set to be an equally emotional affair, with Grande being joined by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber Usher and others to pay tribute to the victims and raise money for their families.

Yesterday Ariana visited survivors of the blast in hospital