Gaga wows Children In Need crowd
Lady Gaga opened a huge Children In Need concert in typically stylish fashion and with a trio of her biggest hits.
Wearing a classic '50s style backless black outfit, black gloves, pearls, red lipstick and Marilyn Monroe-esque curls, she began a breathless set with Born This Way to rapturous applause and cheering.
The world's current hottest performer topped the bill among a stellar line-up of music industry royalty put together by X Factor judge and Take That maestro Gary Barlow.
The New York-born singer-songwriter had the audience of 14,000 on their feet from the start of the Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert inside the sold-out Manchester Evening News (MEN) arena.
Next on stage was The Collective, a band put together by Gary to sing this year's official BBC Children In Need single Teardrop.
The event saw a number of on-stage collaborations, starting with James Morrison teaming up with Jessie J to sing his song Up. House actor and contemporary jazz artist Hugh Laurie combined with singer Jamie Cullum to perform Hallelujah, I Love Her So.
Boyband JLS delighted the young audience, performing two of their hits, Take A Chance On Me and She Makes Me Wanna.
Gary Barlow was later introduced by Chris Moyles for the first time, with the words: "He's the reason we are here tonight!"
The Take That star, who was due to do a duet with Cheryl Cole before she pulled out because of a sore throat, then asked the crowd to stand in for her and join him in singing the band's hit Back For Good.
In a rousing finale, Gary introduced Coldplay, who sang three of their anthemic hits - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, followed by Paradise and ending on Viva La Vida.