Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert had a star-studded lineup featuring artists including Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Katy Perry and many more, to stand united with the UK in the face of recent terror attacks.
The event raised over $335,180 to help support the victims and their families affected when a bomb went off outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in late May.
The show opened with a performance from Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, with a moving performance of “Timshel”.
The poignant lyrics brought many to tears: “But you are not alone in this. And you are not alone in this. As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand. Hold your hand.”
Next up was Take That, who performed “Let It Shine” before being joined by former member Robbie Williams, who got the crowd swaying with a performance of his anthem “Angels”.
After a brief via-satellite greeting from U2, Pharrell took to the stage, telling the crowd: “I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel tonight is love. Resilience. Positivity. And you know what? I hate to be corny but it actually makes me…”
With that came the opening notes of “Happy”, and he introduced special guest Miley Cyrus to join in on a duet.
One Direction’s Niall Horan was up next, opening with “Slow Hands” and then professing his love for the city of Manchester before performing “This Town”.
Horan was followed by event organizer Scooter Braun, manager of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, who had a powerful message for the crowd about Saturday’s terrorist attacks in London.
“Last night this nation was challenged and all of you were challenged for if you were going to come out tonight,” said Braun. “Evil will test us. It will show its face again. But we will be ready. We will be great. We will be fearless and we will honour our children. Hatred will never win. Fear will never divide us because on this day, we stood with Manchester.”
With that, Braun introduced Grande, who delivered an emotional, empowering performance of “Be Alright”, backed by a crew of dancers while the crowd roared, and then broke into “Break Free”.
This was followed by Little Mix, which featured Grande returning to the stage for a tender duet on “Better Days” with Victoria Monet.
The Black Eyed Peas were the next performers to take the stage, performing “Where Is The Love?”, also joined by Grande.
“Tonight is all about love, am I right?” declared Grande, appearing to tear up before being joined by boyfriend Mac Miller for a duet of “The Way”.
In one of the concert’s most emotional moments, Grande was backed by Manchester’s Parrs Wood School Choir as she performed “My Everything”.
This was followed by a performance from Imogen Heap singing a stripped-down “Hide and Seek”.
Grande returned to the stage, this time joined by Miley Cyrus, with the dynamic duo joining voices for a cover of the Crowded House classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.
Just as the crowd finished processing that amazing performance, Katy Perry took to the stage. “Love conquers fear and love conquers hate,” she told the audience. “And this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
She then launched into “Roar”, telling the crowd: “You ready to roar? YOU READY TO GET LOUDER? WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!”
Perry’s performance was followed by Justin Bieber, who performed a plaintive acoustic version of “Love Yourself” (co-written by Ed Sheeran), telling the crowd: “Love wins.” He also performed an acoustic version of his hit “Cold Water”.
Next up, Coldplay joined Ariana Grande to perform Manchester’s own Oasis’ hit “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, before following up with the group’s own moving hit “Fix You”.
And speaking of Oasis, the band’s frontman Liam Gallagher joined Coldplay onstage for an inspiring performance of “Live Forever”.
Grande hit the stage once again, this time performing “One Last Time” and closing the show with a touching take on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.