Ariana Grande went through with a star-studded charity concert at Old Trafford to raise money for the victims of a terrorist attack that took place at a Grande concert in Manchester last weekend, killing 22 and wounding scores of other audience members. The concert was also in a precarious timing, as it took place one day after an attack occurred at London Bridge, in which a rampaging driver killed seven and injured 48. The concert sold out with an attendance of approximately 50,000, raising $3 million for the Manchester Emergency Fund.
The concert opened with Mumford and Sons, headed by British native Marcus Mumford. The frontman asked the crowd to stand up and have a moment of silence for the victims, followed by an acoustic version of their song “Timshel”. English singer Robbie Williams, former frontman of Take That, performed “Strong” and “Angels”, the latter song needing help from the audience after Williams was too overcome by emotion to finish the song. Another star performance was made by Pharrell Williams, who was joined by Miley Cyrus to perform “Happy” with slightly edited lyrics to reference Manchester. “I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love,” Williams said before beginning his signature song.
Grande was then introduced by her manager, and she came out in a sweatshirt that read “One Love Manchester” before beginning her first songs of the night, “Be Alright” and “Break Free”. She was then joined by a local high school choir to perform “My Everything”; Grande hugged 12-year-old soloist Natasha Seth after the rendition. Grande temporarily left the stage to allow Katy Perry and Justin Bieber to make heartfelt performances of “Part of Me” and “Roar” (by Perry) and “Cold Water” (by Bieber). Coldplay and Liam Gallagher also made appearances before Grande came back out to finish the concert with “One Last Time” and a solo cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.