Ariana Grande returns to Manchester to honor victims with benefit

Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester gig raised more than $3 million (£2.35 million) on Sunday night (04Jun17).

Around 50,000 fans crammed into Old Trafford cricket ground under the watchful eye of hundreds of police, including a significant number of armed officers, a sight that would be unusual under normal circumstances.

I want to thank you for coming together and being so loving and strong and unifying. A few days before the One Love concert in Manchester, American singer Ariana met up with Olivia's mum Charlotte who revealed her late daughter would have wanted the popstar to perform her hit songs.

Hastily organised as a benefit concert for the 22 people killed and 116 injured on May 22, many of them children, the "One Love Manchester" event showcases one of the biggest single gatherings of musical talent this year.

The singer said she had rearranged her line-up to honour Campbell.

"She said that, to stop crying because Olivia wouldn't want me to cry and said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits".

"We said 'no you play your hits sing, your heart out, you make everyone get up and dance and smile and sing along with you".

This included U.S. favourites Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

Olivia, 15, had been watching Ariana in concert at the Manchester Arena before being caught up in the attack.

"We're here to show our support to Manchester more than anything".

The proceeds from One Love Manchester go to the Red Cross' Manchester Emergency Fund, which has been set up to help victims of the attack and their families. "We love you so much, to the families we love you so much. Let no one take that away from you", she said. "I'm really happy to come tonight, it is good for Ariana, it wasn't her fault what happened".

One fan, who grabbed a selfie with Joan, tweeted the picture and wrote alongside it: "Ariana Grande's mum is strolling through the crowd telling fans: "do not be afraid" #onelovemanchester".

Those who had attended Grande's May 22 concert were offered free tickets to the Sunday show, while the 35,000 tickets put up for sale on Thursday at £40 each (Dh189) sold out in minutes.

  • Salvatore Jensen