Grande returns to Manchester to honor victims with benefit

Jay Jacobs
June 6, 2017

The American star returned to the stage for the first time on Sunday night after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device, killing 22 of her fans and parents as they left her show at the Manchester Arena on May 22.

She paid tribute to the victims with an all-star affair in the city with the help of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Liam Gallagher and others.

When Ariana Grande sang the opening notes to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", her chosen closer at the "One Love Manchester" concert on June 4, the "Wizard of Oz" classic came as a surprise to fans - one especially, her mother.

In-between songs, the 23-year-old tearfully spoke about meeting the victims' families, and she was joined by Miley Cyrus, Take That, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Coldplay and Pharell Williams amongst others.

Take That, who are from Manchester, followed with fun energy that the crowd danced to. "The only thing we'll feel here tonight is love, and positivity".

And following the concert, the British Red Cross, who have been fundraising for their Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up after the attack, tweeted: "We've raised an incredible £2.35 MILLION during #OneLoveManchester!". Backed by two singers and a guitarist, she delivered the song wearing all white, singing, "Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows, but you're not gonna break my soul".

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Piers Morgan has been forced to eat some much-needed humble pie after he slammed singer Ariana Grande for flying home after her May 22 Manchester concert was targeted by a terrorist attack. "I love you guys so much and I think the kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now".

Some fans questioned whether Sunday's show would go on after three men drove a van into a crowd on a London bridge Saturday night before leaping out and stabbing numerous people in nearby bars and restaurants.

Robbie Williams led the thousands inside the venue in a chorus of: "Manchester, we're strong, we're strong, we're strong".

Braun said a TV broadcasting the concert was set up at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some victims were still recovering.

A sell-out crowd of 50,000, many of them clutching "For our angels" signs, fell silent for a minute before Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford opened the show. "We need to try and find a way to overcome the fear".

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