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Ariana Grande takes to stage at gig for Manchester terror victims

USA pop singer Ariana Grande returned to Manchester to headline a star-studded benefit concert on Sunday that was both joyful and mournful, in aid of victims of the bombing that rocked the city last month, as security fears ran high after attackers in London killed seven people.

Ariana, dressed throughout in a pair of jeans and an oversized "We Love Manchester" sweatshirt, ended the pop spectacular by performing her song One More Time onstage as fellow performers Cyrus, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Imogen Heap, and Niall Horan, and others lined up behind her.

Highlights included an emotional performance of Grande's song My Everything from local Parrs Wood High School choir, Coldplay's rendition of famed Manchester rock band Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger and a surprize guest appearance from Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher who sang Live Forever with Coldplay's Chris Martin on guitar.

Ariana Grande was moved to tears and told the crowd "Manchester, I love you with all my heart" after a star-studded benefit concert for the victims of a terror attack at her recent show. The song includes the lyrics: "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".

Sunday's concert will raise money for victims of the suicide bombing that struck at Grande's show on May 22. All proceeds from the concert going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and additional donations can be made here.

Youngsters were seen asking counter-terrorism officers for photographs as they left Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which hosted Ariana Grande's One Love show.

He also passed on the words from the 15-year-old's best friend, Adam, who was injured in the attack and was visited by Ariana in hospital on Friday night. "You joining us here today with so many watching around the world sends that message spoken by Olivia Campbell-Hardy's mother, Charlotte that her daughter and all of the others lost will never be victims". Seven civilians died in the Saturday night attack, after a van screeched onto the sidewalk on London Bridge, slamming into pedestrians, before three assailants ran into a nearby open-air market area wielding large knives.

Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, said Sunday that the concert will go on as planned.

Armed officers tasked with protecting those in attendance at last night's benefit concert in Manchester were pictured happily posing with children after the gig.

The concert is being broadcast to millions of people in more than 50 countries across the world. "We can't let them stop us".

American fans were able to watch the concert on the cable channel Freeform, as well as Grande's YouTube and Facebook pages.


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