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Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’

benefit concert

By Nicole Chavannes, June 14, 2017

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My thoughts on the Manchester bombing: It is tragic, to say the least, that someone would even think to attack a venue full of children, young adults and their parents. Music, concerts and entertainment are forms of relaxation and escape; we use them to express ourselves and retreat from the horrors of reality. It is deplorable and frightening that anyone would think to terrorize others under any circumstance, but especially this one.

In light of the current global political climate, please always be as safe as possible when you’re at any crowded or densely populated venue. Let’s all try to stay alert and be safe.

Nearly two weeks after the tragic suicide bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert, which killed 22 and injured 59, Grande held another concert in Manchester on Sunday, June 4. This time, though, the concert was to honor the victims of the attack and benefit those affected by it.

Grande’s concert, which featured artists like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Coldplay and more, grossed over $13 million. All of the concert’s proceeds went to the British Red Cross’ We Love Manchester Fund, according to Time Magazine.

Over 50,000 people attended, and Grande offered over 14,000 free tickets for those that attended her May 22 concert. In the hours before the concert, Grande also visited victims of the Manchester attack in the hospital.

The timing of the benefit concert was especially poignant because just the evening before, London was struck by another terrorist attack, which killed seven and injured 48. Despite the attack, however, Grande and other artists in the show continued the performance, and each sent messages of love and positivity. Below you can view the concert in full.