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Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit Will Be Immortalized in Pop History

Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Pharrell, Miley Cyrus

Ariana Grande made her brave return to Manchester over the weekend following last month’s bombings outside of her concert that left 22 dead and dozens injured.

Instead of hiding away and retreating from the spotlight, Grande vowed to come back and help those affected by the attacks. Not only did she make good on her promise, she rallied some of the most influential voices in pop to the cause. Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Mac Miller and Robbie Williams were in attendance with Grande, raising £2.35 million for the British Red Cross.

Following Manchester’s own Take That, Pharrell and Miley Cyrus to the stage, Grande appropriately chose “Be Alright” for her first song, setting an optimistic tone for the rest of the night. 

Katy Perry lent a pair of her empowering songs to the benefit, following a stripped-down version of “Part of Me” with a thumping performances of “Roar.” 

Grande and Miley Cyrus ensured there wasn’t a tear left unshed during their duet of “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” 

A Fergie-less Black Eyed Peas borrowed Grande on stage to perform 2003’s “Where is the Love?” A song that, unfortunately, hasn’t lost any of its meaning over the last 14 years. 

In symbolic finale, Grande brought everyone on stage for a teary performance of “One Last Time,” the last song she performed the night of the attacks in Manchester before people started leaving the arena. After the benefit, the singer rereleased the track, promising to donate all proceeds to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in coordination with the British Red Cross. 

You can watch the concert in its entirety, below. 

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