One Love Manchester: Joy shines through pain at benefit concert

Grande wore a One Love Manchester sweatshirt - and numerous fans wore shirts bearing similar messages, or face paint saying "I heart MCR", or #WeStandTogether stickers.

Grande, who was joined on stage by acts including Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, told the crowd their "love and unity" was "the medicine that the world really needs right now".

The outspoken and acerbic British journalist and TV personality had criticized her for leaving the United Kingdom immediately after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more at her Manchester Arena show, instead of staying and visiting the wounded survivors. "Thank you so much for having me", he said during the performance.

'Music brought people together at the concert on 22/5/2017 and we hope this is a fitting tribute to all the victims, their friends and families, the people of Manchester and the British spirit which will never be broken'.

The concert had a somber tone as it was a day after seven people were killed and 48 injured when three men drove into a crowd and began attacking people with knives in London.

The evening is said to have raised over £2 million, with all of the performers working for free. "You're an admirable young woman &this is a magnificent night".

And Grande earlier sang My Everything with students from Parr's Wood High school in Manchester, comforting 12-year-old soloist Natasha Seth, who was overcome with emotion. What an unbelievable thing we are doing tonight, would you not agree? It will show its face again. Say we honour you, and we love you, he declared, as the emotional audience repeated back. We owe it to them to be fearless...

  • Carolyn Briggs