One Manchester Benefit Raises $3 Million, Draws Massive Audience

Calvin Saunders
June 8, 2017

But there was a special fashion statement she made onstage that Katy didn't mention - her mostly all-white outfit featured actual photos of the victims of the tragic bombing at Ariana's concert.

There were also performances by Black Eyed Peas, Niall Horan, Little Mix, and Imogen Heap, while concert organiser Ariana hopped on and off stage to join friends and sing her own solo hits. "I love you guys so much and I think the kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now".

Justin Bieber was left choked up and holding back the tears at One Love Manchester after he performed two acoustic versions of Love Yourself and Cold Water.

Following May 22's suicide bombing that took the lives of twenty-two innocent concertgoers, Ariana Grande posted a heartfelt apology to her fans on Twitter.

British singer Marcus Mumford kicked off the show and held a moment of silence before performing. "All we feel tonight is love, resilience, and positivity".

His performance was followed by a video message from U2's Bono before Pharrell Williams took the stage to perform his Daft Punk collaboration Get Lucky.

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More than 50,000 crowded into Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground to watch Grande headline the benefit.

During her set, "Part of Me", singer Katy Perry told the crowd: "love conquers fear and love conquers hate, and this love you choose will give you strength and it's our greatest power", before asking the crowd to turn and hug the person next to them.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack.

Roads were blocked off around the Bercy concert venue in the east of Paris while police helped security guards to check fans as they arrived for the show, an AFP journalist said.

The Guardian reported that Lily was released from the hospital in time to attend the benefit.

During the three-hour-long show, more than $2.6 million was raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, adding to $9 million that had already been donated.

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