Ariana Grande proves that love really does conquer all after the One Love Benefit Concert in Manchester on the weekend.
She had organised the event after the devastating terror attack at her Manchester concert two weeks ago as a part of her Dangerous Woman Concert Tour. A total of twenty-three people were killed, including the bomber, and 119 were injured after a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb (nail bomb) went off at the exit of the arena after the show.
The One Love Benefit Concert was held as a result of the attack in an attempt to bring the world together and raise funds to help the grieving families and aid those who were injured. The concert raised $3.46 million USD in just 3 hours.
The event held a star-studded line-up including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams and of course Ariana Grande herself. Other international acts took to the stage but it was an emotional performance from the local Parrs Wood High School choir that brought tears to the eyes of the audience.
But the artists were not shy to their emotions either. Justin Bieber spoke past tears in his performance as he took to the stage with only his guitar and his voice and lead the audience in a chant: ”I want a chant right now. We’re going to go: love, love, love,”
Katy Perry also spoke a touching speech. She put her heart on her sleeve and took to the stage in a dress made from fabric that was printed with pictures of the victims from the Manchester attack.
Finally, Ariana Grande closed the event with an emotional cover of the famous classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Her voice gave goosebumps as the audience watched in awe. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including Ariana herself who broke down in tears after the song finished.
Overall, the event proved that love really does win. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the tragic terror attacks over the last month.