Ariana Grande Hosts Manchester Benefit Concert, "One Love Manchester"
It was with poise and some assistance from fellow industry greats that Ariana Grande hosted her benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing yesterday evening. Titled “One Love Manchester,” the philanthropic event was grounded at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England. Established in memory of the twenty-two people that died, and the one-hundred-sixteen that were injured at Grande’s Manchester installment of her “Dangerous Woman” tour when a suicide bombed detonated himself at one of the venue’s various exits, One Love Manchester sold out in less than six minutes upon its announcement.
The benefit concert featured Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, and Marcus Mumford, among others, who appeared alongside Grande. Grande honored her musical library by singing hits like “One Last Time,” while duly expanding her range by covering “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and partnering with Cyrus on the Crowded House classic, “Don’t Dream Its Over.”
The exact figure generated by the benefit initiative has yet to be released, but will be supplemented by the $500,000 contributed to the We Love Manchester Memorial Fund by Grande’s record label, Universal Music Group. All proceeds of One Love Manchester will be donated to the British Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.