Heartwarming Performances at the Manchester Benefit Concert
Despite the evil committed by terrorists less than 24 hours before the One Love Manchester Benefit concert in the heart of London, Ariana Grande’s efforts prevailed and love illuminated through the city. Grande, as well as many other celebrities shared their deepest sympathy melodically in front of over 50,000 fans. Fans and celebrities showed their utmost resilience on Sunday by participating in this concert and rose over 13 million dollars.
Because of the suicide bombing that occurred less than two weeks ago, Grande initiated this concert as a way to unite the people of Manchester and raise money for a significant cause. In the 13 days after the suicide bombing, Grande enlisted numerous celebrities such as Katy Perry, Chris Martin and Pharrell Williams. Even though there was another terrorist attack in the United Kingdom the evening prior, when three men drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge and maliciously attacked people, Grande and the rest of the celebrities let the show go on. All of the money raised from the sold-out concert went to the British Red Cross and the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Not only did Grande display her immeasurable strength by continuing the show, but she also performed with her whole heart and soul. During her performance she notably stated, “I want to thank you so much for coming together and being strong,” Grande told the crowd. “I love you guys so much, and I think the kind of love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world needs right now.”
One Love Manchester began with a moment of silence, and then the rest of the celebrities performed heartfelt performances and spoke honest and meaningful words to the fans in front of them. The all-star line up of singers was composed of The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Usher Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, and Pharrell Williams.
Also, the lead singer of Oasis made an appearance during Coldplay’s set. Liam Gallagher joined the band to sing “Live Forever,” which he dedicated to victims of the attack. Many celebrities, to include Gallagher, emphasized the title of the concert, One Love, and asked their fans to choose love no matter the obstacles.
To finally conclude the heartwarming concert, Grande performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the classic 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz” and it was a breathtaking way to end the show.
Watch this clip to see Grande’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow:”