Tight security and tears at benefit concert for Manchester bomb victims

Danny Woods
June 5, 2017

Originally organized to mark the May 22 suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 22 people in the Manchester Arena, Sunday's concert took on added meaning after three assailants killed seven people and injured almost 50 on Saturday night at the London Bridge and Borough Market in London.

Scooter Braun, Grande's manager, introduced the singer by first thanking Manchester, the United Kingdom city's first responders, and the "world class artists who journeyed here on such short notice" to perform at the One Love Manchester benefit concert. "We love you so much. And he loves you, and he's here for you".

He added: "As unfortunately we saw yesterday, this will test us, and will show its face again". She appeared emotional as she performed "Be Alright" and "Break Free".

As details emerged of Saturday's terror incident, Grande responded with a tweet: "Praying for London". No matter what is happening in the world, God is in the midst and he loves you.

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She said: "Before we go any further, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today".

Tonight, some of the biggest and best pop stars headed to Manchester for a benefit concert which is expected to raise at least £2m for the victims of the Ariana Grande Manchester Arena terror attack and the families who were affected.

Other artists performing include Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Take That, Katy Perry and others.

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"She told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits", Grande said, before launching into her popular song "Side to Side".

"I love you guys so much".

Pharrell Williams praised the people of Manchester for their resilience. Grande visited young fans injured in the attack at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Friday.

More than 50,000 crowded into Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground to watch Grande headline the benefit.

Ariana also performed "The Way" in a duet with her rapper boyfriend Mac Miller.

"And this is so lovely, you guys made that decision, you looked fear right in the face and you said "no we are Manchester and the world is watching".

The rapper had previously cancelled his scheduled performances at two music festivals in Washington D.C and Minnesota following the attack, and has been inseparable from Ariana in the two weeks since the attack.

The concert was rife with emotional highlights and was still packed with unexpected moments despite a mostly accurate set-list circulating online before the show even began. "We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win", Braun said.

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