Ariana Grande takes stage to honor Manchester terror victims

Dianna Christensen
June 5, 2017

Ariana Grande and some other famous musicians held a benefit concert in Manchester, England Sunday to benefit the victims of a terrorist attack that took following her performance there almost two weeks ago.

Grande closed the show with a soaring rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", from the classic 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz".

The lineup included such big-name artists as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, and Black-Eyed Peas, as well as a surprise appearance by Manchester native son Liam Gallagher.

Grande announced plans for the show in a special Twitter message just four days after the tragedy.

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The star-studded event comes nearly two weeks after 22 people died during an attack at Grande's show in Manchester, England.

The One Direction singer was one of the first acts confirmed to be taking part in the concert, and was in complete awe of the crowd and everyone who rallied together to show love.

"I don't see or hear or smell any fear in this building", said Williams, who performed his hit "Happy" with Miley Cyrus. "I am so honoured to be at this incredible event surrounded by all you unbelievable people/ And for me the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another - and look what we're doing right here". Williams serenaded the crowd with his song Strong, changing the words to, "Manchester we're strong".

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Rachel Jea, 32, said she was at Grande's previous Manchester concert and felt it was important to attend Sunday's show to regain trust after the bombing.

Officials said security was bolstered for the concert, which aims to raise money for those affected by the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded more than 100 at Grande's May 22 show.

"We honour you and we love you!"

Holding back tears, Grande didn't say much between her songs but repeatedly thanked the audience for coming out in the face of fear to triumph over evil.

Robbie changed the lyrics to his hit song "Strong", to reflect the strength of the people of Manchester in the wake of the attack.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to a fund set up to help the victims' families.

He continued: "My thanks goes to those who joined us at the events today and remained patient as we carried out an increased number of searches to ensure everyone remained safe and enjoyed themselves". It's a place we all love.

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