Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Kicks Off London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony

30 August 2012, 07:37 | Updated: 30 August 2012, 13:20

The Bajan singer's hit single was used during a spectacular opening sequence at the Olympic stadium last night.

Rihanna's smash hit 'Umbrella' was used to start proceedings at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games last night (29th June).

Billions around the world watched as performers danced to a remix of the track by Seamus Haji and Paul Emmanuel – which was played inside the Olympic stadium.

Steven Hawking opened the show with a powerful and inspirational speech which saw a mock of the big bang kick off the science themed ceremony.

During the 'Umbrella' sequence, dance act Flawless also took to the stage before Sir Ian McKellen also made an appearance.

After the welcoming of the athletes to the stadium, which sparked huge cheers for the Paralympics GB squad, Lord Coe made a triumphant speech where he said the games will "inspire the world".

British star Beverly Knight also performed the final song of the night, giving an emotional rendition of 'I Am What I Am'.

You can view a picture of Team GB arriving at the Olympic stadium:

A huge fireworks display ended the two and a half hour event following the lighting of the cauldron.

The Paralympic Games will take place over the next eleven days with Coldplay set to headline the closing ceremony on 9th September

It has also been reported that Rihanna will be taking to the stage to perform 'Princess Of China' with the band.