Katy Perry has performed a stirring rendition of her song 'Firework' with an autistic girl at an annual fundraiser for autism.
Jodi DiPiazza played the piano while singing the song with the pop star last Sunday in New York's Beacon Theatre for Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars, which raises money for autism education programs.
When the pair finished the song Jodi thrust out her arm and shook hands with Perry before embracing her around her waist as the packed crowd rose to their feet and applauded.
Some members of the audience appeared to have tears in their eyes as they clapped and cheered.
Jodi was diagnosed with autism as a one-year-old and her parents feared that she may not be able to communicate through speech.
However, she has far exceeded their expectations and now studies piano and voice at a New York music school.
Her duet with Katy Perry touched many people who have viewed the footage online including the artist herself who tweeted after the event "I will never forget last night".
"It was the most important moment thus far of what I do," she said.
The entire show will be broadcast this Sunday.
Author: Martin Zavan Approving editor: Nick Pearson