Ariana Grande fronts star-studded One Love gig

Marsha Scott
June 5, 2017

50,000 people crowded into the Emirates Old Trafford to pay tribute and raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May.

Ariana Grande returned to the stage just about two weeks after a bombing outside her May 22 concert in Manchester left 22 dead.

All the proceeds from the concert will to the families of the Manchester attack victims.

After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. In the last week alone, at least 90 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul in Afghanistan, 28 in a shooting in Egypt, 31 in vehicle bombings in Iraq, and seven in the London Bridge attack.

Some attendees have admitted to feeling nervous following Saturday night's terror attack in central London.

Grande emerged onstage for the One Love Manchester concert Sunday. "So that is what it will continue to do for us".

Also lending a hand to perform at the benefit are Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Robbie Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, and more.

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"I'm so honored to be at this incredible event surrounded by all you fantastic people", she said.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and sons opened the show with "Timshel", followed by the Manchester pop group Take That.

Grande fought back tears between her songs but managed to keep it together to recount a recent meeting with the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell-Hardy, one of 22 fans killed when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb outside Grande's May 22 show. "Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before".

Her manager, Scooter Braun, released a statement via Twitter explaining the singer's decision to go forward with the concert.

On Saturday, she had visited fans still receiving hospital treatment for injuries sustained during the Manchester attack.

A city famous for its music would not let a senseless act deter them from holding their heads high and carrying on.

Many of her famous friends have signed on to take part in the event, called One Love Manchester, which will take place this weekend - and fans who are unable to make it will be able to watch it live.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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