Ariana Grande Changed Benefit Concert Setlist to Honor Victim of Terrorist Attack

Lawrence Kim
June 5, 2017

One Love concert tribute to Manchester terror victims.

Less than two weeks after her concert was attacked by a suicide bomber, Ariana Grande was back on stage in Manchester, England.

Originally organized to mark the May 22 suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 22 people in the Manchester Arena, Sunday's concert took on added meaning after three assailants killed seven people and injured almost 50 on Saturday night at the London Bridge and Borough Market in London.

During the concert, Grande thanked the the audience for being strong and unified.

All net ticket proceeds from the benefit show will also go to the fund, which is dedicated to aiding families and victims of last month's attack on the Manchester Arena.

It didn't feel like anything could've made Ariana Grande's all-star benefit concert any better - until she brought the entire venue to tears with her final performance.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker, led a minute's silence ahead of the music at the concert.

Following this emotional performance, Take That took to the stage to perform some of their biggest hits.

Pharrell Williams then took to the stage to perform a duet with Miley Cyrus of his song "Happy", followed by a solo performance from Miley Cyrus. "All we feel tonight is love, resilience, and positivity".

Grande was joined by Miley Cyrus for an emotional rendition of "Don't Dream It's Over", the Crowded House hit that they covered in 2015.

"For me, the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another", said Cyrus.

"I love you so, so much", Grande said at the show, addressing the crowd.

The somber cause that the concert was being held to benefit was never far from the crowd's mind. "I am so honored to be at this incredible event surrounded by all you fantastic people". "And this evening has been so filled with light and love and bright energy and I want to thank you for that".

"I think the kind of love you're displaying is the kind of medicine the world really needs right now".

The 23-year-old returned to the stage in Manchester just 13 days after 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena after her concert.

As a result, she explained, she rejigged her set list in order to honour Olivia's wishes. We've got to be there for everyone in Manchester.

There were also plenty of upbeat moments, such as when a uniformed police officer was seen holding hands and dancing hand-in-hand with young fans, or when former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher belted out a swaggering version of Rock "n" Roll Star.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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