Ariana Grande holds benefit concert in wake of terror attacks

Carla Harmon
June 5, 2017

Ariana Grande returned to the Manchester stage two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 victims at her concert in the city, singing upbeat and motivational pop anthems as the audience cheered loudly for the singer.

A girl poses for a picture with an armed police officer as she arrives for Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

Laura Simpson and her daughter Milly, 10, told Reuters they also had doubts about attending the concert, after Milly narrowly avoided being involved the attack last month. But because of you, we can now represent a worldwide community, that we will be ready, we will be fearless, we will be courageous and we will honour our children, and the children of Manchester and all those children around the world.

Before launching into her hit Side To Side, Grande told the crowd: 'I want to thank you so much for coming tonight and being so happy and strong and unified.

One Love Manchester will star Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Take That, Usher, Robbie Williams and Little Mix, among a bevy of other big names.

The May 22 attack at Grande's Manchester concert killed 22 and wounded dozens more. Mac Miller, her boyfriend, then came onstage and together, the two sang their 2013 song "The Way".

"You make everyone from out of town feel welcome". Braun thanked "all the world-class artists who journeyed here on such short notice to join us here today", and expressed his appreciation of those in the crowd who were first responders after the bombing at the Manchester Arena, people "who risked their lives to save others".

Following the silence, Mumford declared, 'Let's not be afraid, ' and started singing his band's track "Timshel", before introducing British boy band Take That.

The benefit concert has been a star-studded and emotional affair, with heartfelt speeches from performers like Pharrell and Miley Cyrus, and a theme of love and togetherness evident throughout. But because of you, as a worldwide community, we will be fearless, will will be great and we will honor our children.

The sold-out "One Love" benefit follows another deadly attack that rocked London late Saturday when three men drove a van into a crowd before stabbing people in nearby bars and restaurants.

"Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater goal", Braun said in a statement. "Hatred will never win, fear will never divide us, because on this day we all stood with Manchester".

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