I couldn’t be more touched or proud of Ariana Grande who hosted a tribute concert in Manchester, U.K. last night in honor of the victims of the suicide bombing at her concert just last month. Headlines are beaming with words of her sincerity and uplifting nature at such a challenging event in the wake of such violence.
"Tonight is all about love," a teary-eyed Grande told the crowd of thousands at the "One Love Manchester" concert. The lyrics to her hit love ballads seemed to take on special resonance in the wake of the May 22 attack: "I'm stronger than I've been before," Grande sang in "Break Free" as the audience cheered. (via NBC)
According to NBC, “Security was tight but the mood was exuberant Sunday at a historic cricket stadium in Manchester, where thousands of music fans turned out to see Ariana Grande and other pop stars pay tribute to the victims of last month's suicide bombing in the English city.”
“Some of the victims’ families had bristled at Grande hosting the concert so soon after the suicide bombing that killed 22 people, but her earnestness and emotional acuity meant that for thousands of people, this was an event that soothed and uplifted. She also helped raise another £2m during the three hours of the concert alone.
The concert was heartfelt, joyful, even defiant. It was, as Grande said tearfully, “light, and filled with fun, love and bright energy”. Dressed in a sweatshirt and stilettos, the 23-year-old hosted rather than headlined, with deep feeling and sensitivity.” (via The Guardian)
Joined by stars like Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Coldplay, the show was full of love and good vibes – sending a message of positivity around the world.
“In heartfelt remarks, Miley Cyrus called for peace and understanding: "For me," she said, "the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another."” (via NBC)