After Saturday night’s (June 3) attack in London (during which seven people were killed and 47 people were injured in a horrific stabbing spree on London Bridge and in Borough Market), many wondered if Ariana Grande would cancel her much-anticipated benefit concert, which was in honour of the 22 victims of the May 22 Manchester terrorist attack. After tweeting out “Praying for London” on June 3, the 24-year-old singer followed up with a reminder on Twitter that the One Love Manchester concert was still taking place on June 4. Needless to say, many of the fans were grateful; her tweet was flooded with replies thanking her for being so brave and for going through with the event despite the latest events. The last we heard, #OneLoveManchester helped the British Red Cross’s We Love Manchester Emergency Fund raise 2.6 million pounds in just three hours for victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.
Performing at Manchester’s Old Trafford football stadium, a bevy of artists came out to support the singer and the cause, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay. But that wasn’t all. There were also surprise performances by Pharrell, The Black Eyed Peas and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. The stadium was filled with music about love, unity, confidence and fearlessness.
In case you missed Sunday’s performances, we’ve rounded up the most heartfelt performances by some of our favourite stars below.
Miley Cyrus dedicated her song “Inspire” to all those who got back up on their feet and for all those around the world.
Pharrell ft. Miley Cyrus
Pharrell brought along Miley Cyrus to get everyone clapping and dancing to his rendition of “Happy.”
Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
Grande and her boyfriend, Mac Miller, thrilled the crowd with their song “The Way,” which sparked rumours that they may (or may not) be engaged.
The Black Eyed Peas ft. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande stepped in to help with The Black Eyed Peas performance of “Where Is the Love.”
Katy Perry’s powerful performance of her hit single “Roar.”
Chris Martin dedicated “Don’t Look Back in Anger” to Grande as a song from Britain to her.
Although many were disappointed that there wasn’t an Oasis reunion (including frontman Liam Gallagher himself, who called out his brother Noel for not making an appearance onstage), Chris Martin stepped in to accompany Gallagher for “Live Forever.”
The Canadian singer asked the crowd to chant the word “love” prior to the acoustic version of his featured single “Cold Water.”
Grande rallied all of the artists onstage for her performance of “One Last Time.”
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