Canadian pop superstar Shawn Mendes paid tribute to Ariana Grande and the victims of the Manchester attack during his show in France on Wednesday night.
The singer was performing in Paris — a city rocked by tragedy following a terror attack during an Eagles Of Death Metal concert in 2015, which left 90 people dead — when he told fans they should not “be afraid to enjoy music.”
The 18-year-old Mendes began his tribute to the people of Manchester by saying, “I want to start with the fact that I know we all stand here tonight in this arena with heavy hearts for the people who were affected by the attack, and know that we all feel so, so sorry about what happened. But I need to tell you guys how important music is.”
“Music is one of the very rare things in life that can bring people together in a way that words cannot describe, but we can only feel,” TooFab reports. “And something that important is something worth protecting and never, never let it be broken.”
The singer stressed the importance of music to fans, asking them not to be afraid to “live life to the fullest.”
“I want to tell you guys that you should never, ever be afraid to enjoy and to do what you truly love to do. That goes for every single person that stands in this arena in Paris and everyone across the world. You should never be afraid to enjoy music.”
Mendes and his band performed Grande’s song “One Last Time” against a backdrop of a peace ribbon and her signature Dangerous Woman rabbit ears, as the crowded arena sang along. Since the attack, the track from Grande’s 2014 album has gone to #1 on the U.K. music charts.
Grande’s management has released an official statement to ET Canada, confirming her Dangerous Woman tour has been put on hold until early June at the earliest:
“Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost. The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”