"As much as Ariana wants to perform the track, it will be hard for her to keep her emotions in check".
There were tears as Grande performed her song " My Everything" with the Parrs Wood High School Choir. "And this is so lovely - you guys made that decision, you looked fear right in the face and said, 'No, we are Manchester, and the world is watching'". Confetti burst following the performance. "Ladies and gentleman, Ariana Grande!" he concluded. She also performed "Better Days" with Victoria Monét and sang "Where is the Love" with the Black Eyed Peas.
"We will not be silenced", she yelled before singing the anthem, "Roar". But that wasn't going to stop them from coming back to show support for both Grande and the 22 people killed in the attack. "A small part of me is a little bit apprehensive, but I think you have to meet these things head-on. I wanna take this moment to honor the people that were lost, that were taken", he said.
The singer appeared to get emotional as he told those gathered that "God loves you so, so much". "We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear".
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The energetic performance by a smiling, joyful Grande electrified an outdoor audience estimated at 50,000. "She said that she would love that, but that she would totally understand if she changed her mind", said Harrison.
"I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity", Williams said before he launched into his hit song, "Happy" with an assist from Miley Cyrus. The leader of rock band Mumford & Sons then strummed his guitar and sang "Timshel", which includes the lyrics: "But you are not alone in this, and you are not alone in this, as brothers we will stand and we'll hold your hand". Braun thanked "all the world-class artists who journeyed here on such short notice to join us here today", and expressed his appreciation of those in the crowd who were first responders after the bombing at the Manchester Arena, people "who risked their lives to save others".
After a few conversations and pictures with the singer, one mom said "It's helped everyone focus on all of the good and kindness of people rather than the hate". "We'll never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn't recoil".
The "Dangerous Woman" singer also posted another heartwarming photo of her visit with those injured in the May 22 attacks, alongside a tweet that said, "Praying for London".