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Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Grande, Bieber, Katy Perry sing at Manchester benefit show

Grande, Bieber, Katy Perry sing at Manchester benefit show

The 23-year-old Grande was teary as she sang Over the Rainbow to finish out the historic event, which had more than 50,000 in attendance.

Fighting back tears, Justin Bieber, who sang acoustic versions of "Love Yourself" and "Cold Water", told the audience that he is not letting go of hope.

Some believed the benefit concert would be postponed due to the London terror attack on Saturday night, but Ariana Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, issued a statement to allay concerns.

"One of the biggest surprises of the night came late in the concert, with Liam Gallagher taking the stage to perform a solo set heavy with Oasis hits, including 'Rock and Roll Star".

However, the most emotional moment of the show came near the end where Ariana Grande, sang her track 'One Last Time', while fighting back tears, as all the artists from the lineup stood behind her.

After her handsome and understandably teary-eyed version of "The Wizard of Oz" classic, she concluded the show, telling Manchester "Thank you so much, I love you".

According to BBC Worldwide, audiences in over 50 countries across 74 territories around the world, including Brazil, the US, Latin America and China, joined United Kingdom viewers tuning in for the live concert on 4 June. "And he loves you, and he's here for you".

Justin Bieber shared similar words onstage, even coming close to crying when he spoke about God and those who died at Grande's show May 22.

"I want a chant right now", he enthused.

Ariana Grande sparked engagement rumours with boyfriend Mac Miller after she was spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger during the One Love Manchester on 4 June. "The most important responsibility we have in this time is to take care of one another".

This makes sense considering the concert was aimed at uniting people and igniting "love" for everyone everywhere, in light of the recent atrocities, as well as to raise the much needed funds to support those who had lost loved ones.

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus' performance was all about her friendship with Grande, who noted the "Bang Bang" hitmaker's strength as a role model. "So I want to thank you for being just that".

The show also saw performances from Take That and Robbie Williams, who led the crowd in a singalong to his hit Strong, with the lyrics changed to "Manchester, we're strong, we're strong, we're strong, we're still singing our songs". Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market. The One Love Manchester concert aired across the globe.

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