One Love Manchester Benefit Raises $3 Million, Draws Massive Audience
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 1:08
Around 50,000 people attended the event on Sunday night, with all proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.
Grande closed the night with an emotional performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
Grande enlisted some of music's biggest names for the benefit concert, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Liam Gallagher. "I was paying homage and showing love to London and Manchester...#UKlove #whereIStheLOVE truly?" "Love really is the way and anyone who tries to say things of destruction have anything to do with God or Allah is wrong". Grande, her voice exhausted from the long evening, paused with tears in her eyes before the song's coda as the crowd, made up of people the same age as those who attended her concert in the area less than two weeks earlier, watched on - no doubt exhausted, but no less passionate for it.
Ahead of watching her daughter take to the stage, Joan Grande was out supporting the fans!
Coldplay were also a crowd favorite, performing well-known songs like "Viva La Vida" and "Fix You". Miley Cyrus comforted her friend onstageWhile Grande performed many of her own hits, one of her most emotional performances was a cover. "All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity", Williams said.
"Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this", singer Gary Barlow said. One family in particular, that of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, one of the 22 who tied in the attack, inspired her when planning the concert.