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Ariana Grande Will Returnto Manchester THIS Sunday for a Benefit Concert

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30 May 2017
by: People.com/Stephanie Petit

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Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester on Sunday to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attack that killed 22 people and injured 119 at her May 22 concert.

The British Red Cross confirmed the “One Love Manchester” event on Twitter, with a pink logo featuring a ribbon with Grande’s signature bunny ears.

In addition to the 23-year-old singer headlining the show, other acts expected to perform include Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams.

Usher, Take That, and Niall Horan are also on the lineup, as released by the BBC.

The return to Manchester, less than two weeks after the bombing, will take place at the Old Trafford cricket ground.

Grande shared a heartfelt letter on Twitter days following the shocking attack, where she announced the benefit concert.

“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” she began. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”

Grande then announced that she’d be returning to Manchester to honour victims of the attack and their families, sharing a link to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving partnership with the Red Cross.

“I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before. I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as a everything is confirmed.”

She added, “from the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe place for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that.”

“When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music,” Grande continued. “Music is something that everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue in honour of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.”

She concluded her letter by saying, “they will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life,” signing off simply with, “Ari.”



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