Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit gig raises 2.35 mn euros

Following May 22's suicide bombing that took the lives of twenty-two innocent concertgoers, Ariana Grande posted a heartfelt apology to her fans on Twitter. She visited the victims of the attack and promised huge support, saying that compassion, kindness, love, strength is the right answer to what happened on May 22.

While onstage, the singer talked about meeting some of the victims and their families while visiting nearby hospitals, including a conversation she had with the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, who died in the terrorist attack. To honor the victims, she returned to the city with a star-studded group including Marcus Mumford, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Martin, Oasis and Pharrell.

Grande acknowledged the incident on stage in Paris by adding "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to her setlist, according to videos taken by fans in attendance. £2 million came directly from the One Love gig, while her song One Last Time raised money as it hit the top of the iTunes chart. I would have loved to be there but it was my son's first day at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes.

An audience of about 50,000 overcame fear and hate and attended Ariana Grande's benefit concert on Sunday in Manchester.

"I love you so, so much", Grande said at the show, addressing the crowd (via Billboard).

Funds raised will benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up by the city council and the British Red Cross. Including proceeds from the 50,000 fans who showed up to the event, the Manchester Evening News adds that this puts the final number at more than £10 million, or nearly $13 million in U.S. dollars, which will all go towards the We Love Manchester fund.

  • Salvatore Jensen