Usher Reveals Why He Missed Ariana Grande's Manchester Concert
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 13:21
Perhaps the most emotional moment of the evening happened when Grande joined the Parrs Wood High School Choir for a tearful performance of "My Everything".
22 people - including children and teenagers - were killed after Grande's May 22 concert and Manchester Arena after a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in the foyer of the arena just minutes after the star finished her concert. 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.
Earlier on in the show, Mumford and Sons singer Marcus Mumford opened the concert with an emotional performance.
Ariana sang the lyrics: 'So one last time/I need to be the one who takes you home/One more time/I promise after that, I'll let you go' as the rest of the line-up stood behind her in solidarity. He added, "You're an admirable young woman & this is a magnificent night". The organizers said that £2 million ($2.9 million) was raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund during the live broadcast. "Manchester, we're gonna be alright", she emphatically proclaimed over the twinkling house production.
Grande also ushered in artists like Little Mix and Imogen Heap, while Stevie Wonder was featured in a video segment where, while strumming his keyboard declared, "Love is truly the key, I don't care what ethnicity you are, what religion you are".
Robbie Williams also performed, changing some of his lyrics of "Strong" to honor the Manchester victims.
"And she would say, 'Grandpa, I don't know if that would work on a pop album.' And he said, 'I promise you, it's gonna be a big hit".
Grande performed throughout the show, singing her hits from "Side to Side" to "Break Free". "If you're about togetherness and oneness, put one finger in the air". "Goodnight world (sic)" Miley Cyrus also praised Ariana - who she dueted with on "Don't Dream It's Over" - for her work on the concert.