Ariana Grande returned to Manchester less than two weeks after a terrorist attack at her concert there claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 59 more. Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Pharrell were just a few of the notable stars who joined the 23-year-old singer on stage at “One Love Manchester.” All proceeds from the event will go to the victims and their families.
The message of love will conquer all endured throughout the evening. Ariana Grande opted to perform more of her upbeat hits as opposed to her melancholy ballads. She cited a fallen fan’s mother who claimed her daughter would have wanted it that way.
Holding back tears, Grande didn’t say much between her songs but repeatedly thanked the audience for coming out in the face of fear to triumph over evil.
Other artists were much more outspoken during their sets, especially Justin Bieber. “I’m not gonna let go of hope. I’m not gonna let go of love. I’m not gonna let go of God. Put your hand up if you’re not gonna let go.”
“God is good in the midst of the darkness. God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst. No matter what is happening in the world, God is in the midst and he loves you. And he is here for you. I just want to take this moment and honor the people who were loss and taken.”
“To the taken, we love you so much. To the families, we love you so much. Put both hands up to honor those people night now. Everybody say, ‘We honor you.’ Everybody say, ‘We love you.'”