One Love Manchester benefit concert

Anita Tucker
June 5, 2017

Fans gathered in Manchester for a star-studded charity concert on Sunday, recalling victims of a suicide bomb attack following an Ariane Grande concert last month and vowing to face down fears of terrorism less than 24 hours after an assault in London claimed seven lives.

Celebrities jumped on social media to offer their support, and Ariana's Manchester benefit concert, One Love Manchester, still went ahead, with performances from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and more.

In one heartfelt moment, Grande was joined on stage by children from a local school, some of whom were at the targeted Manchester Arena concert, as the group performed her hit song "My Everything".

For the show, she donned a One Love Manchester sweatshirt that you can purchase for $40. Ariana Grande opted to perform more of her upbeat hits as opposed to her melancholy ballads.

A host of big name stars including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Katy Perry performed to raise funds for those affected by the terror attacks at Manchester Arena on May 22.

"Manchester, I love you with all my heart".

The One Love Manchester show definitely brought people from all over the world together, and will be a concert that will be remembered for many years to come.

"She told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits", Grande said, before launching into her popular song "Side to Side". She resumed the song for the last lines of lyrics and told the crowd as she teared up, "Thank you so much".

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She also teamed with Cyrus for an appealingly ragged rendition of "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House - just one moment in this carefully organized production when the performers preserved some of the rawness that can make live music a pleasure to experience.

The money raised will go toward assisting the families and surviving victims of the May 22 suicide bombing.

"So that being said, we had a totally different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything".

The sentiment was echoed by fellow pop star, Justin Bieber, who said "You guys are so courageous. I love you guys so much and I think that the kind of love and unity you're displaying is the kind of medicine that the world really needs right now".

"It's not easy to always choose love, especially in moments like these, it can be the most hard thing to do, but love conquers fear and love conquers hate".

Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.

"There is no end to grief, that's how we know, there's no end to love, a thought we're holding onto for these people".

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