Ariana Grande headlines One Love Manchester concert with message of ' love and unity'

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Ariana Grande has returned to the stage in Manchester, paying emotional tribute to the 22 people killed by a suicide bomber at her concert in the city two weeks ago.

More than 60,000 fans turned out at the Old Trafford cricket ground to watch Grande and other stars including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Coldplay's Chris Martin in the One Love Manchester concert.

The event was staged just 24 hours after seven people were killed in another terrorist attack on and around London Bridge.

Grande kicked off her performance with her hits Be Alright and Break Free.

"Manchester, we're gonna be alright," she told the audience.

Before her performance, she and her dancers held hands in solidarity.

She later returned to the stage with Miley Cyrus for a duet of Crowded House's Don't Dream it's Over.

Grande often fought back tears as she addressed the crowd.

"The kind of love and unity that you're displaying is the medicine that the world really needs, really needs right now," she said.

"Manchester, I love you with all my heart.

"Thank you so, so, so much."

Miley Cyrus said she was "so honoured to be at this incredible event" and performed Happy alongside Pharrell Williams, who also sang Get Lucky.

"I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building," Williams said.

"All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity."

Fans Stacie Richardson and James Bend said they were shaken after the May 22 attack at Manchester Arena.

But they were determined to come back to show support for both Grande and the 22 people killed in the attack.

Ms Richardson said Grande was "very brave to come back so soon."

They said Saturday's car and knife rampage in London did little to ease their worries.

Linda Tipping and Laura Mayren, from Chorley in north-west England, said they were determined to enjoy themselves even as London was reeling.

"We can't let them stop us," Ms Tipping said.

British singer Marcus Mumford held a moment of silence before performing.

 

The leader of rock band Mumford & Sons performed the song Timshel, which included 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."

Proceeds from the concert will go to those impacted by the bomb attack on May 22, which struck the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by Grande.

Twenty-two people were killed and more than 100 hurt when Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device in the Arena foyer as fans were departing.

More than 14,000 tickets for the concert were set aside to be given free to fans who attended the original show.

Speaking before the show, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the city would stand together.

"The message is being sent from the people around me tonight that this proud city, this strong city, won't be beaten," Mr Burnham said.

"And that has been clear from what people have seen over the last fortnight and tonight is another expression of that."

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