18 November 2011
Last updated at 01:44
Some of the biggest stars in the music world have come together for a special concert to support Children In Need. Lady Gaga kicked off the Children In Need Rocks show in front of 14,000 fans at Manchester's MEN Arena, performing her hits Born This Way and Edge of Glory and her new single Marry the Night.
The line-up was put together by Take That's Gary Barlow, who had been due to perform a duet with Cheryl Cole before she pulled out with a sore throat. Instead, he said he wanted to do a duet with the audience on Back For Good. The concert came two years after Barlow organised a similar show at the Royal Albert Hall.
Coldplay closed the show with typically rousing renditions of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Paradise and Viva La Vida, ending with a mass sing-along from the crowd.
Coldplay joined Elbow to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere backstage. The event took place in advance of the main Children In Need appeal night, which is on BBC One from 19:30 GMT on Friday.
Elbow played to their home crowd, performing two of their most anthemic tracks, Open Arms and One Day Like This. Singer Guy Garvey said it was "the easiest gig we've ever done" because of the openness of the artists and the audience, adding: "I'm so glad it happened here in Manchester."
Actor turned blues singer Hugh Laurie described his first arena gig as "absolutely amazing", adding: "I've never experienced anything like that. Terrifying but great." He was joined by Jamie Cullum for a duet on Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her So.
Jessie J sang solo as well as in a duet with James Morrison on their single Up. "I bumped into Gary Barlow when I came off stage and said 'thank you for letting me part of something so magical,'" Jessie J said afterwards. "You just feel like you’ve done so much good to be able to use your music to make people come together."
N-Dubz duo Dappy and Fazer (left picture) at Children In Need Rocks, while bandmate Tulisa (right picture, second left) performed the Children In Need single Teardrop with (left-right) Wretch 32, Mz Bratt and Tinchy Stryder. "N-Dubz are firm believers in giving back to our communities," Fazer said.
Former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland joined fellow X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa on the line-up. "The energy was through the roof," she said.
JLS set pulses racing among the pop fans with Take A Chance On Me and She Makes Me Wanna. The show was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 1, with crowd members, viewers and listeners urged to donate money to the charity to help disadvantaged children in the UK.