The most powerful photos from Ariana Grande’s star-studded Manchester benefit concert

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An emotional Ariana Grande performs for the crowd at the One Love Manchester Concert.
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Ariana Grande returned to Manchester on Sunday night for a benefit concert, less than two weeks after a suicide bomb killed 22 people at her Manchester Arena concert on May 22.

The star-studded One Love Manchester show also included performances from Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Take That, Mumford and Sons, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, and Katy Perry.

Scroll down to see the most powerful moments from the emotional event.


The One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack was held at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, which has a capacity of around 50,000.

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Ariana Grande had offered free tickets to those who were at her Manchester Arena concert on May 22.

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The concert is expected to have raised more than £2 million for victims of the attack in just three hours.

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All proceeds are going towards the We Love Manchester emergency fund, set up by Manchester City Council and Red Cross. The total collected by the fund is now over £10 million, according to The Independent.

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Mike Adamson of The Red Cross told the Associated Press: “We expect to raise another one and half million pounds from ticket sales tonight and then further funding from the TV rights and merchandising.”

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The tribute concert took place one day after a terror attack in London that killed 7 people and injured 48.

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Armed police guarded the venue.

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However, that didn’t stop the excited crowds from flocking in.

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The atmosphere softened throughout the evening. Here, concertgoers take a selfie with the armed police.

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Policemen were even seen dancing with the crowd.


Among the messages seen in the crowd were signs saying: “We Stand Together.”

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And the show didn’t disappoint. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher performed “Live Forever” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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Martin was back with Coldplay, who moved the crowd with “Fix You” at sunset.


Coldplay also performed the Oasis hit and Manchester anthem “Don’t Look Back in Anger” with help from Grande.

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See a clip below:


Little Mix’s performance of “Wings” was about encouraging people to “stand together and not let anything bring them down,” according to the band.

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“No matter what you say it won’t hurt me/Don’t matter if I fall from the sky/These wings are made to fly,” the lyrics read.


Katy Perry told the crowd: “Love conquers fear and love conquers hate and this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”

She performed “Part of Me,” singing: “Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows/But you’re not gonna break my soul.”


Robbie Williams moved the crowd with “Angels.”


However, he also changed the lyrics to his 1998 song “Strong,” turning it into an anthem for the event. “Manchester, we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong/We’re still singing our song, our song, our song,” he sang.

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Justin Bieber’s sang a stripped down rendition of his song “Cold Water”


Grande shared the stage with will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas to sing “Where Is The Love.”

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Watch them sing the track which says: “Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism, but we still got terrorists here livin.'”


The band encouraged fans to make hearts with their hands.

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Grande and Miley Cyrus teamed up to deliver an emotional performance of “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

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Watch the performance below:


Grande finished the show with “One Last Time,” the final song she played at the Manchester concert where the attack took place, while the rest of the concert line-up stood behind her.


She then closed the show with an emotional rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

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“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today… I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified,” Grande told the crowd. “I love you guys so much and I think that the kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now.”

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