Ariana Grande's benefit concert in Manchester raised £2 million

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 6, 2017

What makes the Manchester attack so repulsive, even in a time when terror attacks seem to occur with dystopian regularity is the youth and innocence of numerous victims.

The pop star sang Part of Me and Roar at the benefit staged by pal Ariana Grande, and paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the terror attack on 22 May (17) throughout her set.

Grande appeared on stage here on June 4 for a benefit concert with a local school choir and was seen comforting one girl, who was in tears, in front of the crowd of 50,000 fans.

You could say all of the acts on the bill - Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Take That, Robbie Williams, the Black Eyed Peas (sans Fergie), Pharrell Williams, Imogen Heap, Liam Gallagher, Niall Horan, and Little Mix - had a sense of common goal, evident not just by the hoodie Robbie Williams was wearing (merch from the Bieber tour of the same name), but by the palpable excitement throughout the dressing room area, which was constructed but 24 hours earlier.

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford opened the show after the crowd fell silent for a minute.

During peak evening time, when there were plenty of people about, enjoying their Saturday night, a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, before three terrorists exited and began stabbing people in nearby Borough Market.

Grande suspended her tour for two weeks immediately following the attack, reflecting the concerns of music lovers everywhere who were left weighing the potential risk that concerts and festivals had become.

Taken by the singer's impressive performance at her One Love Manchester gig last night?

In the crowd was a police officer holding hands and dancing in a circle with several fans in a "Ring Around the Rosie"-style move".

Revelers dressed for the occasion, with many wearing tops featuring a bee-a symbol for Manchester-and slogans expressing their love for the city. "These people aren't going to dampen our spirits", said 34-year-old Abdullah Mala.

"Tonight is all about love", Grande said as she brought her beau out to join her onstage, but made no mention of her new jewellery. All net proceeds will go to the victims and families who were affected by the attack.

Most heartwarming of all was Grande's tributes to the victims in between her performance. "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.

"It's very bad. It's terrible", she tearfully told fans. Her nine-year-old daughter Scarlet adopted a defiant tone, telling others not to be afraid. "I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building", Pharrell Williams said while singing a duet of "Happy" with Miley Cyrus. He claimed she should have been visiting the injured in hospitals instead of jetting off hours after the terror attack.

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