Rihanna, Jay-Z, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman of Coldplay

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Less than a month ago, viewers around the world enjoyed quite the show as the 2012 Olympics came to a close, but today marked another fantastic show for the closing ceremonies of the Paralympics in London.

And it included music by Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z, not to mention the important stuff like fire, lasers and fireworks.

Lissa Hermans performed the national anthem—the blind, autistic signer also performed at the queen's Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.

Ellie Simmonds, who won four medals in the pool including two golds, and 100-meter sprinter Jonnie Peacock came out to finally put out the flame that has burned throughout both games. Ri-Ri and Hova took the floor and performed their hit "Run This Town."

Lights, lasers and fireworks served as a backdrop during Coldplay's performance, which included a variety of their songs, inlcuding "The Scientist," which played while a montage of the games' best moments were displayed.

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"In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way," London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said. "The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation."

International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven added, "The Paralympic Games have truly come home and found their pathway to the future here in London. This is an event absolutely no one wants to end. These Games have changed us all forever."

And just like the Olympics' closing ceremony, London mayor Boris Johnson handed the Paralympic flag to Rio mayor Eduardo Paes.

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