Less than 24 hours after a deadly terror attack in the heart of London, officials say a benefit concert by Ariana Grande and other pop stars will go on as planned Sunday night in Manchester, the United Kingdom city still recovering from a suicide bombing at Grande's show there two weeks ago. I encourage you to choose love even when it's hard. She told me Olivia would've wanted to hear the hits!' " Grande said.
"Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater goal", Braun said in a statement.
Grande said she had not planned to play so many of her big hits but changed her mind after meeting the mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, who was among the victims of the blast that killed 22 people at at her concert last week. He thanked everyone for attending despite a terror attack in London the day before. In times like these, we have to show love and kindness for those in need, and the Manchester One Love is a comfort to us all.
Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford opened the show as he sang "you are not alone in this" as he performed an acoustic version of the band's hit Timshel.
American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams got the crowd on their feet after an emotional set by Robbie, playing his catchy tune Get Lucky.
The singer took to the stage after a one-minute silence for those who lost their lives.
Survivors of the Manchester Arena attack, which saw 22 innocent people die at the hands of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, have been greeted by roaring applause and a guard of honour on their way to the benefit concert.More news: It was probably one of our worst bowling displays: Steve Smith
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The line from the song, "You think that I'm strong, you're wrong - I'll sing my song" was changed to "Manchester, we're strong - we're still singing our song".
"I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building".
"All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity". "But because of you we can now represent through this as a world wide community that we will be ready, we will be fearless we will be great and we will honor our children".
And Grande earlier sang My Everything with students from Parr's Wood High school in Manchester, comforting 12-year-old soloist Natasha Seth, who was overcome with emotion. "We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win", Braun said.
Before launching into her hit Side To Side, Grande told the crowd: "I want to thank you so much for coming tonight and being so happy and strong and unified". She also visited injured fans in the hospital.
The sold-out "One Love" benefit follows another deadly attack that rocked London late Saturday when three men drove a van into a crowd before stabbing people in nearby bars and restaurants.
The show is broadcasting across the globe and proceeds will go to an emergency fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.