It has been two weeks after a terrorist attack took place after her concert killing 22 and injuring over 100 people, Ariana Grande has returned to Manchester City as she promised to perform in a benefit concert for the victims of Manchester.
The American pop star appeared on the stage, wearing a sweatshirt that reads “One Love Manchester.” Grande started the concert with her song “Be Alright,” followed by “Break Free.”
Ariana gets emotional
Grande became emotional and sobbed after she recalled a conversation with the mother of victim Olivia Campbell, 15, who was killed in the deadly explosion.
“As soon as I met her I started crying and I gave her a big hug and she said I should stop crying because Olivia would have wanted me to stop crying,” she said as she fought back tears. “And she said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits.”
Grande said they shuffled the singer’s song lineup honouring Olivia’s request.
The mood at the concert was sullen as a terrorist attack in London ensued on London Bridge- where a group of attackers ploughed pedestrian then took knives out and stabbed people, leaving left seven dead and 48 injured.
Despite the fact that the London attack occurred 24 hours before the concert, Grande’s manager Scooter Braun and the Greater Manchester Police had said that the show would go on as if they are delivering a message that we should face violence and hatred.
All benefits from the concert, occurring at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium in the city, go to the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund to support victims and families affected by the attack. On the other hand, the attendees of the Manchester concert that took place in May would be offered free tickets. The show is supposed to raise $2.6 million.
Grande said that she was planning for the benefit concert four days after the tragedy.
“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,” she wrote in the statement.
“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families.”