Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert united the city in England following the devastating bombing at Manchester arena last month.
One Love Manchester raised over $9 million for the British Red Cross and the concert was livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter. With acts like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and more, the show boasted an all-star line-up.
In an interview with Billboard, Grande’s manager Scooter Braun talked about the planning behind the benefit concert. According to Braun, the concert came together quickly because Grande felt the need to do something right away.
Braun first heard about the attacks during a meeting. He was about to go to the airport to fly to London but then the news started pouring in. After his initial reaction, he decided to start organizing something.
“Ariana, rightfully so, she didn’t know if she could ever go on stage again. And then two days after she called me and she goes, ‘Look, I need to do something. I keep thinking about it and if I don’t do something I feel like they might have died in vain. So what’s the idea?’” Braun revealed. He told her about his idea for the benefit concert and she was in.
When the London terror attacks happened the night before the benefit concert, the show became of even more importance. It was no longer just about Manchester, but for London too. One of the most memorable moments for Braun was when Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons opened the show and began with the moment of silence.
“He led the moment of silence and right before he played it was completely silent and he said, ‘Let’s not be afraid’ and there was a roar in the crowd that literally will give me chills for the rest of my life,” Braun said.
All of the performances were amazing for Braun because they all meant something. “When the show was over and all 55,000 people had to leave they started singing and getting louder and louder to the point where it became a roar of people singing, ‘Manchester we’re strong.’ The city of Manchester was the hero of the show,” he said.
In meeting with the families of the victims before the show, Grande was able to decide what tone the show should be. They settled on an upbeat show and playing the hits for the fans because that is what they would have wanted. That gave her the strength to continue with the show and so did Braun’s support. “I just told her that I’m not going to leave her side. I’m not going to go anywhere. We’re all in this together,” he said.
Madonna also showed her support for Grande on Twitter following the concert:
Grande Instagram a crowd shot from the concert and captioned it with a heart: