Ariana Grande Leads Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay & More At Powerful "One Love Manchester" Concert
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:59:16
On Sunday night in Manchester, England, Ariana Grande lead Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas in a benefit concert to raise funds, and show solidarity for the families and victims affected by the terror attack that targeted her concert in the city on May 22nd.
The benefit gig, broadcast on BBC One, saw some of the biggest names from all around the world of music assemble alongside the 23-year-old pop star.
Grande closed the concert with a soulful and moving rendition of the Wizard of Oz classic song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". Grande's performance on the night, and her visits to victims of the attack in the days prior to the concert were met by endless tributes on social media — peers and fans all showing their admiration and gratitude for her staging the concert, less than 24 hours after another terror attack in the UK.
In front of a crowd of 50,000 at Old Trafford, the stars of music performed songs and anthems that promoted concepts of peace and unity. Robbie Williams led a crowd sing-along of his song "Strong" — changing the lyrics to "Manchester, we'll be strong / We'll sing our songs".
Miley Cyrus joined Grande for a version of the Crowded House classic "Don't Dream It's Over", and Pharrell Williams for a performance of "Happy".
Grande's solo set came early in the evening, reassuring fans with carefully selected songs, "Be Alright" and "Break Free". Her manager, Scooter Braun, introduced his star by quoting from a patient the pair had met at the children's hospital on Friday. Adam, 15, asked him to deliver a message: "Don't go forward in anger. Love spreads."
It was a night that saw some of the biggest names in pop align to remind the world that there was something bigger than all of us. It began with a minute's silence led by Marcus Mumford, the frontman of Mumford & Sons, and the words: "Let's not be afraid, Manchester." Former Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher turned up for a surprise performance of "Live Forever" with Coldplay — but it was Chris Martin who sang the classic "Don't Look Back In Anger" — the pop anthem adopted by the city in the wake of the attack.
Tickets for the concert sold out in just six minutes — the spirit of Manchester as defiant and filled with compassion as ever.
The London attacks on Saturday did not deter Grande. Speaking before the show Braun said that Grande would play with "greater purpose". Victims and survivors would be commemorated "with courage, bravery and defiance in the face of fear". Indeed, the concert created memories, and a sense of global community that placed love in the hearts and minds of those in attendance and watching at home.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff