Ariana Grande's Star-Studded One Love Manchester Concert Raises Millions For Terror Victims
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Ariana Grande's star-studded One Love Manchester concert event has raised an estimated £2.7 million ($4.7M CAD) to support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, bringing the total, to date, to £10 million ($17.4M CAD), the British Red Cross tweeted.
In the powerful concert about strength, love and resilience, Grande was joined by the likes Justin Bieber; Coldplay; Katy Perry; Miley Cyrus; Take That; Marcus Mumford, the frontman of Mumford & Sons; and Liam Gallagher from Oasis for a concert at Manchester's Old Trafford cricket grounds on June 4.
An audience of 50,000 attended the show, which was a response to the May 22 terror attack at a Grande concert in Manchester which left 22 dead and 116 injured. The concert was broadcast in 50 countries on five continents with a subtle appeal for donations on the screen.
Justin Bieber summed up the reason why all the musicians had gathered in a statement from the stage. "What an amazing thing we're doing tonight, wouldn't you agree?" he asked. "Wouldn't you agree that love always wins? What better way to fight evil than fight evil with good. Would you guys agree with that?"
"We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has generously supported the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund," said the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, on the event's Just Giving page. "The money raised through your donations will make a real difference to those who have been affected by this horrific attack. The magnificent support received so far shows just how strongly the world stands united with the city of Manchester at this difficult time."
“We have been moved by the compassionate response to this appeal for victims and their families," added Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross. "People from communities across the U.K. and right around the world are showing their solidarity by donating. The money raised will contribute to those affected by this terrible attack getting the help that they need today, tomorrow and into the future".
Jessica Hook, the daughter of Peter Hook, past bass player with Joy Division and New Order, was injured at the origin Grande concert.
In an interview with the BBC, Peter Hook updated her status.
"Luckily she managed to get out (of the concert). She was trampled, ended up in hospital, on crutches for a short while, but she's OK now," said Hook. "And we've been working through the week, it's been an awful thing to witness, because as a parent you get them home and you think, 'Aw great, now they're home where everything's fine.' Then of course she spent the whole night watching the footage and the second night we had to turn it off because she started to get a bit obsessed. But she's come around now and she's starting to get a lot better.
The A-list acts at One Love Manchester waived their performance fees for the event and concert promoter Live Nation underwrote all productions costs. Everyone who was at the original Grande show when the attack occurred — approximately 14,000 people — has the opportunity to apply for free tickets for the response event.
Manchester pop group Take That kicked off the show by reuniting with past member Robbie Williams. Liam Gallagher, whose rock band Oasis also hail from Manchester, teamed up with Coldplay's Chris Martin for a rendition of the Oasis hit "Live Forever." Grande's set, meanwhile, featured a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" with Miley Cyrus, appearances by Mac Miller, The Black Eyed Peas and Victoria Monet and a giant everyone-on-stage version of "One Last Time" followed by a moving rendition of "Over The Rainbow."
Watch Ariana Grande and friends perform "One Last Time" at One Love Manchester:
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