Usher Reveals Why He Missed Ariana Grande's Manchester Concert

Danny Woods
June 6, 2017

The One Love Manchester benefit concert organized by the "Into You" singer was a lot of things: a star-studded, feel-good show; an emotional and at-times heart-wrenching tribute to the victims and survivors of recent United Kingdom terror attacks; and a show of solidarity, strength and love in the face of hate and divisiveness.

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

Grande, who wore a white oversized One Love Manchester sweatshirt during the show at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, thanked the crowd for "being so happy and strong and unified".

The Manchester police officers and security staff became internet stars overnight.

The UK broadcast industry pulled together in less than a week to provide live coverage of the One Love Manchester gig last night.

Many in the crowd were in tears as Grande sang with a choir from Parrs Wood High School.

Ariana, 23, suspended her Dangerous Woman tour, including cancelling two shows at London's O2 Arena, following the attack in Manchester on May 22, 2017.

Grande comforted soloist Natasha Seth, who was overcome with emotion, mouthing to the schoolgirl: Babe, it's ok.

I think the kind of love you're displaying is the kind of medicine the world really needs right now.

"I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me".

Singers Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus perform during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack at Emirates Old Trafford Manchester Britain
Image Singers Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus perform during the One Love Manchester benefit concert

Grande performed throughout the show, singing her hits from "Side to Side" to "Break Free".

More than £10m has already been raised, with £2m of the total sum donated during the three hours of the benefit concert exclusively through text and online pledges.

Some concertgoers clutched signs reading "For our angels" in tribute to the 22 people who were killed and dozens more injured when a suicide bomber set off a blast after Grande's concert at Manchester Arena on May 22.

Kicking off the concert, Marcus Mumford told concert-goers: Let's not be afraid.

Robbie Williams also performed, changing some of his lyrics of "Strong" to honor the Manchester victims.

Grande seemed overcome by emotion throughout the show which came less than 24 hours after seven people were killed and 48 injured in a terror attack in London Bridge.

"My heart is with you, Manchester", the singer said in the message posted on Sunday.

Cyrus was one of several musicians to join Grande on stage for the benefit concert.

Grande performed the final song for the evening, a patient, minimalist rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

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