RATED: Every Abu Dhabi Grand Prix music line-up

Sport360 staff 11:18 20/09/2016

This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see Chemical Brothers (Friday), Lionel Richie (Saturday) and Rihanna (Sunday) take to the stage, making it a weekend of top action on and off of the track.

The Grand Prix, which is Formula One’s showpiece event, has had no shortage of famous faces from the music world perform in the past.

From Jay-Z to Sir Paul McCartney to Eminem – Rihanna is the latest in a long list of big names to sing in the UAE capital.

Here, Sport360 takes a look at the previous acts to have lit up the stage at the Yas Marina Circuit.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2015

Performers: Enrique Iglesias, Blur, Florence and the Machine

Line-up Rating: 6/10 – Had he not been riding the wave of a big comeback hit, Enrique would have seemed a left-field choice, while Blur appealed to nostalgic 1990s Britpop lovers and Florence and the Machine cranked up the volume.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2014

Performers: The Who, Pharrell Williams, Armin Van Buuren

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – A mix of old and the new, with The Who rolling back the years to their 1970s heyday while superstar Pharrell oozed class as the main showpiece act.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2013

Performers: Jay-Z, Muse, Depeche Mode

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Muse’s big-stage appeal made them the perfect act to line-up in the UAE capital and rapper Jay-Z ensured it was a memorable weekend.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2012

Performers: Eminem, Kylie Minogue, Nickelback

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – Past his peak, fans were more interested in Eminem’s classics than his modern material but it was good to see the cult rapper on stage. Kylie and Nickelback were also crowd-pleasers, performing their repertoire of hits.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2011

Performers: Britney Spears, Sir Paul McCartney

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – The Beatles legend is always a huge draw and seemed to enjoy his time on stage in Abu Dhabi, while Britney Spears entertained a jam-packed crowd on the second night.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2010

Performers: Prince, Linkin Park, Kanye West

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – The late, great Prince rolled back the years with a vintage display and American rockers Linkin Park literally lifted the roof. But Kanye West proved the most spectacular.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2009

Performers: Aerosmith, Beyonce

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Cult rock band Aerosmith’s big hits went down well, however Beyonce stole the limelight with a flawless display.

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Lionel Richie to headline Abu Dhabi GP Saturday night

Sport360 staff 11:10 20/09/2016
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Pop legend Richie was confirmed as the headliner at an event at Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday, completing a star-studded line-up for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The after-race concerts at the du Arena are for race ticket holders only, with tickets still available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

Richie’s Abu Dhabi slot will be the UAE leg of his All The Hits World Tour, with the singer set to belt out classics from his back catalogue including ‘Hello’ and ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

“The announcement of today’s Saturday night artist completes another really strong line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said.

“With something for everyone, it underlines our effort to always improve and build so our Grand Prix stays one of the best in the F1 calendar.  Of course, it remains a huge event for the region and we look forward to another sell-out and exciting F1 weekend.”

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On this Day in 1987: Prost powers into record books

Sport360 staff 09:38 20/09/2016
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"The Professor": Alain Prost.

Alain Prost secured his spot in Formula One history on this day 29 years ago, his 28th career win putting him in an exclusive club.

The Frenchman reached the record mark at an eventful Portuguese Grand Prix, ending Sir Jackie Stewart’s 14-year spell as the man with the most victories.

Driving his McLaren, Prost relentlessly harried long-time leader Gerhard Berger until the Austrian spun his Ferrari with only two laps remaining. The race at Estoril also had to be restarted after a multi-car pile-up on lap two.

In a career containing four Drivers’ Championships, Prost would retire in 1993 with 51 wins. Only Michael Schumacher, with 91, has more.

More memorable events on this day:

1896: First organised motorcycle race takes place, on a 476-mile return course from Paris to Nantes.

1919: Baseball legend Babe Ruth tired Ned Williamson’s major league mark of 27 home runs in a season.

2007: Manager Jose Mourinho leaves Chelsea for the first time.

2015: Wales won their Rugby World Cup opener against Uruguay 54-9, but were hit by a series of injuries.

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