MANCHESTER, England â Ariana Grande returned to the city to pay tribute with an energetic, all-star concert featuring Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Liam Gallagher two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 of her fans and injured dozens of others in Manchester, England.
Grande was emotional and teary-eyed throughout the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, which the British Red Cross said it raised more than Â£10 million ($13 million) for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, created for those affected by the attack at Grandeâs May 22 show.
She closed the three-hour-plus event with a cover of âOver the Rainbow,â crying onstage at the songâs end as the audience cheered her on.
âManchester, I love you with all of my heart,â Grande said before the performance, and just after singing âOne Last Timeâ with Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and more of the showâs performers standing behind her in solidarity.
Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, earned loud cheers from the audience as he emerged in his home town in surprise form. He sang and offered encouraging words to the crowd, who held inspirational signs in their hands.
One of the most powerful moments was when the Parrs Wood High School Choir performed Grandeâs âMy Everythingâ with the singer. The 23-year-old pop star held the young lead performerâs hand, both with tears in their eyes, as the rest of the singers joined in.
Perry also left a mark with her resilient performance: She sang a stripped down version of her hit, âPart of Me.â Backed by two singers and a guitarist, she delivered the song wearing all white, singing, âThrow your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows, but youâre not gonna break my soul.â
âI encourage you to choose love even when itâs difficult. Let no one take that away from you,â she said.
Bieber shared similar words onstage, even coming close to crying when he spoke about God and those who died at Grandeâs show.
â(God) loves you and heâs here for you. I wanna take this moment to honor the people that were lost, that were taken,â he said. âTo the families, we love you so much. … Everybody say, âWe honor you, and we love you.ââ
Coldplay were also a crowd favorite, performing well-known songs like âViva La Vidaâ and âFix You.â
Grande performed throughout the show, singing her hits from âSide to Sideâ to âBreak Free.â She even collaborated with others onstage: She sang Fergieâs verse on the Black Eyed Peas hit, âWhere Is the Love?â along with the group; she performed a duet with Cyrus; and she sang her debut song, âThe Way,â with rapper Mac Miller.
Cyrus said she was âso honored to be at this incredible eventâ and performed âHappyâ alongside Pharrell, who also sang âGet Lucky.â
âI donât feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity,â Williams said.
Take That, who are from Manchester, followed with fun energy that the crowd danced to.
âOur thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this,â singer Gary Barlow said. âWe want everyone to stand strong.â
Robbie Williams also performed, changing some of his lyrics of âStrongâ to honor the Manchester victims.
âManchester weâre strong … weâre still singing our song,â he sang with the audience of 50,000.
The Manchester concert came the day after attackers targeted the heart of London, killing seven people. Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.
The One Love Manchester concert aired across the globe. Other performers included Little Mix, Niall Horan, Imogen Heap and Victoria Monet.
Mesfin Fekadu reported from New York.
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