Justin Bieber Breaks Down During One Love Manchester Set

Grande, 23, vowed to put on the concert after her Dangerous Woman Tour stop in the Northern England city ended with a suicide bomber detonating a blast that tragically killed 22 people and left dozens injured.

Usher's absence was felt during Sunday's One Love Manchester show, held in honor of the victims of the bombing that took place at an Ariana Grande concert last month. United Kingdom viewers, as well as people from around the world, could also view the show on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

"I have a great deal of understanding of what people have to deal with", he said, "It's personal".

She closed the three-hour-plus event with a cover of "Over the Rainbow", crying onstage at the song's end as the audience cheered her on. Grande enlisted a number of celebrities to perform, including Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Chris Martin, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Pharrell Williams, among others.

Another emotionally-charged moment was when Grande was joined on stage by all of the other performers to sing her song "One Last Time".

Manchester's city symbol is a bee, and in the wake of the attack on Ariana's concert on 22 May residents flocked to get a bee tattoo to show solidarity with the victims.

About 50,000 fans gathered in an act of defiance and strength for the sold-out One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. "I would have loved to be there but It was my son's first day at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes".

See a complete playlist of the performances - below! "It's an emotional story: my father passed away two and half years ago, and that was the song she sang for him after he passed".

Grande and her BFF Miley Cyrus gave one of the most moving performances of the evening. "All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity", Williams said. The benefit concert was sold out just six minutes after tickets went on sale last Thursday for Grande's show at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium. Joan is proud of how her daughter dealt with the tragedy, saying she overcame her grief to help those who lost loved ones in the attack.

Ariana Grande's pop music had a political undertone.

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