May 22 was a life-changing day for those victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. Ariana Grande, at who’s concert the perpetrator detonated a bomb and killed 22 concert goers, did not let the tragedy mar her freedom as one of the biggest pop performers of our generation. This weekend witnessed her return for her One Love Manchester benefit concert. And she brought along a number of pop singers who brought hope and love to the arena.
One Love Manchester became the biggest concert to be broadcast on UK television with the most number of viewers. Those who performed included Ariana Grande herself, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Marcus Mumford, Pharrell Williams and others. Tickets for the concert had sold out within six minutes, with all benefits going towards the victims and their families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.
The One Love Manchester concert was overshadowed by another attack, this time in London, just 24 hours before the show. Pedestrians on London Bridge were mowed down by a white van and stabbed, but the police managed to take down the terrorists within eight minutes of the attack.
For the show, Ariana Grande performed with Miley Cyrus, who later performed a rendition of Happy with Pharrell Williams. Coldplay performed with the legendary Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and even Justin Bieber was brought to tears performing at the event. Singer Katy Perry sang her hit single, Roar and donned a white costume that had the faces of all the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
Grande said during the One Love Manchester benefit concert, “I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified. We know they won’t win. I love you guys so much, and I think that all the love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world needs right now.”