Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” charity benefit concert raised more than $13 million for the victims of the May 22 attack. Close to 50,000 fans in attendance for the sold-out One Love Manchester concert Sunday.
Ariana Grande organized the concert in the 13 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured many others outside of her concert at Manchester Arena.
Performances from a number of musicians, including Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Chris Martin, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Pharrell Williams, among others.
Ariana Grande visited injured fans in the hospital before the concert and met the mother of Olivia Campbell, one of those killed during the Manchester attack. She also offered 14,000 free tickets for the benefit concert for those who attended her May 22 concert.
She wrapped up the show with her own emotional version of Judy Garland’s classic from 1939,
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
Her mother told Variety her daughter’s connection to the song goes deeper than just Manchester.
“It’s an emotional story: my father passed away two and half years ago, and that was the song she sang for him after he passed.”
The singer was very close to her grandfather, who died in 2014. Her mother said he always encouraged her to sing the “Wizard of Oz” ballad in public.
The “One Love” concert was dedicated to the 22 victims who were killed by a suicide bomber after Grande’s May 22 “Dangerous Woman” tour performance wrapped up.