The One Love Concert in Manchester was a huge success last night (Sunday, June 5th).
A host of international superstars came together to pay tribute to those who lost their lives, or were injured in the May 22nd attack on the city.
The Telegraph reported that Grande’s concert raised over $2 million for those affected by the events (with additional proceedings from the show going to the British Red Cross). The show featured a number of pop music’s biggest stars, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. All of the artists involved waived a performance fee and the organisers, Live Nation, also wrote off their costs for the event.
It was an emotional night, one which saw heightened security deployed across the city. No incidents were reported.
Grande displayed bravery, poise and grace as she paid tribute throughout the night; she also spoke of how she met with the mother of one of the victims a few days before the event, which led her to change her planned setlist.
Rolling Stone reported: “According to the Red Cross U.K., the benefit concert raised over $9 million. “Well, the fantastic news is we’ve already raised around 7 million pounds [$9 million],” chief executive Mike Adamson told the Associated Press. “And we expect to raise another one and half million pounds from ticket sales tonight and then further funding from the TV rights and merchandising. So, we’re really looking to appeal that’s going to move towards 10 million pounds.”
Folk pop singer Marcus Mumford held a minute silence for the victims, while Grande ended the night with an emotional rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow‘.