Grande returns to Manchester to honor victims with benefit

After being joined on stage by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Niall Horan and Pharrell Williams, Ariana then sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow - in an emotional performance.

Grande also shared the stage with Vanessa Monet to perform "Better Days" and joined the Black-Eyed Peas on-stage for an especially timely rendition of their 2003 hit "Where is the Love?" which seemingly drew tears from the artist, who organized the show to benefit the victims of the Manchester bombing on May 22.

"And this is so lovely, you guys made that decision, you looked fear right in the face and you said "no we are Manchester and the world is watching".

Inside Manchester's Emirates Old Trafford venue, Grande's fans who attended her concert last month, had a special reserved section at the front of the T-shaped stage.

The two pop singers previously performed the 1986 single as part of Cyrus' Happy Hippie Project, with Cyrus noting earlier in the concert that their collaboration was a key moment in their friendship. The song includes the lyrics: "But you are not alone in this, and you are not alone in this, as brothers we will stand and we'll hold your hand". Proceeds from the event are going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Ariana Grande's manager has echoed the words of a mother of one of the youngsters killed in the Manchester Arena attack.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester police reminded the public that Britain's terror threat level was now at severe, which means that an attack is highly likely.

They say the vehicle and knife rampage in London on Saturday did little to ease their worries.

"We plan to honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear", Braun added.

Miley Cyrus performs at the One Love concert in Manchester, England.

The mood at the concert was especially somber after a terrorist attack in London - which left seven dead and 48 injured after three men drove into a crowd and attacked with knives - occurred less than 24 hours ahead of the concert.

Ari held the benefit show to raise money for victims that were injured in the attacks, and the families of those that died.

More than 14,000 tickets for the concert were set aside to be given free to fans who attended the original show.

Around 50,000 fans crammed into Old Trafford cricket ground under the watchful eye of hundreds of police, including a significant number of armed officers, a sight that would be unusual under normal circumstances.

"I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong", she said.

  • Zachary Reyes