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One Love Manchester: Ariana Grande's very emotional benefit concert

After the attack on Manchester, the artist is back for a very special event to help the victims from the explosion during her concert two weeks ago.

“We’re stronger than we’ve been before,” those were Ariana Grande‘s words in her return to Manchester after the tragedy on May 22. That’s the way she decided to come out and show herself; strong. She held a very emotional concert along with great artists who joined her for the One Love Manchester event, like Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Pharrell and Justin Bieber.

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Only 11 days have passed since that terrible night at the Manchester Arena where 22 people where killed, and even though England has being going through some violent events during the past 2 weeks, the show must go on. Her manager assured everyone this morning that it would:

“After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected.We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear.”, said Scooter Braun.

For the 23 year-old singer, it was very important to keep the concert alive because it is “the medicine that the world needs right now”. She not only planned an incredible event but held a beautiful concert in which she took the stager for over and hour and interpreted songs like  “Be Alright” and “Break Free“, changing the words of the song to “we” for a power message of unity and solidarity. And it was a very clear message “We must not be afraid”.

The crow was very moved as well. Millions of faces in tears filled up the big screens, specially during Ariana’s last song, “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. She could barely hold back her emotions and nearly broke down in the middle of the song, but her fans cheered her on and encouraged her to keep singing.

One of the most special moments of the evening was when Grande remembered Olivia Campbell-Hardy, the youngest one of her victims who passed away in the attack. Her eyes got full of tears when she shared that she had met the mother of the little girl; an encounter that led her to choose the setlist for the night based on songs that the young Olivia would have loved to listen to tonight. She also took a moment to thank everyone who came out and supported this very special cause.

The event was televised in more than 38 countries and it lasted more than 3 hours. A group of students from a Manchester High School sang along with the artist and the very special line up that included Niall Horan, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Imogen Heap, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix, Mac Miller, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Pharrell and many other singers. Thanks to the wonderful musicians who decided to be there tonight, more than 10 million dollars were already made before the event even started, which doesn’t include the merchandising and broadcasting rights.

Natalia Herrera

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