The One Love Manchester concert is over but the love and donations are not. The concert was a huge success as it raised 3 million dollars for the victims and their families. If you missed it, you can watch it above and rewatch the most amazing thing you may have seen this year with all of your family celebrities.
She organized the fundraiser in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, which saw 22 people killed at her concert at the city’s Arena on 22 May. She was introduced to the stage by manager Scooter Braun, who made an impassioned speech, saying: “Hatred will never win, fear will never divide us because tonight we stood with Manchester.” One of the most memrable moments was The harmony choir from Parrs Wood High School, near Stockport, who was invited to perform at the concert after they recorded their own version of Grande’s ‘My Everything’ to raise money for the victims of the 22 May terror attack at Manchester Arena. Two of the students in the choir had been at Grande’s concert on the night of the attack.
Grande joined the schoolchildren on stage and held hands with the choir’s soloist as they performed for the crowd.
When the young soloist began to cry during the song, Grande comforted and hugged her, which was applauded by the crowd.
She also took a moment out of the concert to reflect on the evening’s events, she said: “I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today, I love you so, so much. Thank you so much for coming together and being strong and unified. I think the kind of love and unity you are displaying is the medicine the world needs right now. So thank you for being just that. Detailing her experience of meeting the mother of 15-year-old victim Olivia Campbell earlier this week, she continued: “I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mummy a few days ago and I started crying and gave her a big hug. She told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. So obviously, we had a totally different show planned, then we had a rehearsal yesterday and changed everything. This evening has been so light and filled with fun and bright energy, so I want to thank you for that.
Other highlights from the concert included a surprise performance from Liam Gallagher, who paid tribute to his hometown with renditions of old Oasis classics. Coldplay also delivered a spin-tingling moment, as they sang Oasis’ most famous hit Don’t Look Back In Anger, whose lyrics took on new meaning in the wake of the attack. Other acts who performed at One Love Manchester included Justin Bieber, Take That, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams and Little Mix.
She sang a rendition of her hit One More Time, which has a special significance, as it was her encore on a fateful night. Ariana then closed the show with a moving rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, where many members of the crowd could also be seen in tears.
All net ticket proceeds and donations will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.
You can also purchase or stream ‘One Last Time’ and Ari’s rendition of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ on all digital music platforms. Be sure to shop the One Love Manchester merch store here to continue to support the victims and their families.
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