One Manchester Benefit Raises $3 Million, Draws Massive Audience
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 17:14
"And he loves you".
"I want to thank so much for coming together and being so loving and strong, and unified". "Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before".
Performing in front of a 50,000-strong crowd at the city's Old Trafford cricket ground, Ariana took to the stage joined by some of the biggest names in music.
The event saw a huge influx of donations from the United Kingdom alone and with the concert being broadcast globally, this sum is expected to reach double figures; an incredible contribution towards those sadly affected by the attack in Manchester.
"Tonight is all about love, am I right?" said Grande, before sharing the stage with Mac Miller for a performance of her hit "The Way". He also teamed up with Miley Cyrus for a rendition of his uplifting Happy after telling the Manchester crowd, "I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building". A tearful Justin Bieber led the crowd in a tribute to those who lost their lives at Ariana's Manchester Arena concert.
Liam flew in from a festival gig in Germany, which had been cancelled on Friday following a bomb threat, to perform three songs at One Love.
Grande was emotional and teary-eyed throughout the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, which the British Red Cross said it raised more than £10 million ($13 million) for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, created for those affected by the attack at Grande's May 22 show.
According to TMZ.com, Manchester Storm's defenceman Paul Swindlehurst heard on Saturday that Justin was keen to play a pick-up game before he left the city, so he made a decision to set one up on Monday.