Ariana Grande held a benefit concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday to honor the victims of the suicide bomber that killed 22 fans and injured dozens more at her May 22 concert in the British city—as well as those who were casualties of Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London. She was joined for the show by Justin Bieber, Usher, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and The Black Eyed Peas, as well as British fan favorites like Take That and Robbie Williams.
Grande took the bombing at her concert incredibly (and understandably) hard: She tweeted out a statement after the attack saying simply that she was “broken” and canceled tour dates through June 5. She followed up her statement a few days later with a longer one before announcing that the benefit concert would be held:
“I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non-stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened on Monday.”
Sunday’s concert, not unexpectedly, was incredibly emotional: England has seen three terrorist attacks in as many months. The sold-out show provided an important space for its 50,000 attendees to join together for an event marked by goodwill, peace, and love. Meanwhile, the country continues to recover with a typically British spirit of defiance. A New York Times article found a group of friends who came to Sunday’s concert. One, who was at Grande’s show on May 22, wore a shirt dedicated to a friend who died in the Manchester attack. “We don’t want to be scared,” he told the Times about his decision to attend Sunday’s benefit. “We want to forget what’s going on, we want to have a good time.”
Here are some of the most emotional moments from Grande’s show:
When Grande sang “My Everything” with a local high school, and the crowd went crazy.
When Imogen Heap sounded near tears performing “Hide and Seek”:
When Grande’s mom showed up to tell fans not to be afraid.
When the Black Eyed Peas arrived to sing “Where Is the Love?”
When Coldplay performed “Fix You”…
….and covered Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” as the 50,000-strong audience sang along.
Oasis is originally from Manchester, and residents sang the song at a public memorial following the May 22 attack.
When Perry spoke some truth from the stage:
“Love conquers fear and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
When Grande changed the setlist for a 15-year-old victim of the concert bombing.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mommy a few days ago and as soon as I met her I started crying and gave her a big hug,” Grande told the crowd. “She told me to stop crying as Olivia wouldn’t want me to cry and said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a totally different show planned and had a rehearsal but changed everything. Tonight has been filled with love and fun and bright energy, so thank you for that.” The singer then slid into the bright, poppy “Side to Side.”
When a policeman was filmed skipping with some of the kids who attended.
When Grande ended the concert with a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Proceeds from Manchester One Love will raise money for victims of the suicide bombing. The British Red Cross also has a fund for Manchester, as well as a larger one for all terrorist incidents across the U.K., including Saturday’s attack in London. To donate, visit the links.
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