Ariana Grande, pop singer, held a benefit concert called ‘One Love Manchester’ in support of the victims from the Manchester terror attack. The suicide bombing, which took place at Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena, left 22 people dead and more than 100 injured, many of which were children and teenagers.
One day before Grande’s benefit concert was scheduled, another terrorist attack took place in England just a few hundred miles away from Manchester. Three men crashed a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge, then began viciously stabbing civilians and shouting ‘This is for Allah!’, leaving 7 dead and roughly 50 people injured.
Despite the attack, the benefit concert still happened. Ariana Grande’s manager stated that the concert will go on ‘with greater purpose’. He released an extremely powerful statement on behalf of Grande and her special, celebrity guests:
“After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly."
"I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester Police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority. All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.”
Watch the benefit concert below:
Please continue to pray for the victims involved in the Manchester and London attacks. Thank you!