On Sunday, Ariana Grande brought music stars together to shower Manchester with love, less than two weeks after the city was devastated by a terrorist attack which killed 22 people.
Ariana pulled together a star-studded roster of performers for the three-hour One Love Manchester show, which raised an incredible £2 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Among the stars who performed are Katy Perry, Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Pharrell Williams and of course, Ariana herself.
There were emotional moments aplenty at One Love Manchester.
No more so than Ariana’s penultimate performance – an emotionally charged rendition of ‘One Last Time’, which has become an anthem of remembrance for those affected by the terrorist attack.
Ariana also teamed up with Coldplay’s Chris Martin for a performance of Oasis’ iconic ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ – another song that’s taken on new meaning in the wake of the attacks.
But there were plenty of bangers to balance out the tear-jerkers.
Little Mix served pure pop fantasy with their debut hit ‘Wings’, while Katy Perry belted out ‘Roar’ to ecstatic crowds. Ariana told the audience that they had changed the set list last-minute in memory of Olivia, a young girl who died in the attacks
Grande said: “[Olivia’s mother] told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a totally different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything.”
One Love Manchester was as much about fun as it was about remembrance.
Ciara Lynch, a 15-year-old who was at Ariana’s concert during the attacks, told the BBC that she, “didn’t think about [the attack] really” during Sunday’s concert. Although she added that “When [Ariana] sang ‘One Last Time’, I cried then. But everyone was so close, even if they didn’t know each other. It was really good.”
Lots of YouTubers were feeling the love during the concert too.
The entire One Love Manchester concert is still available to watch online for free.
YouTube are still hosting the full concert, in case you weren’t able to watch on Sunday. Check it out below: