The lineup includes Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan and more.
In the aftermath of the tragic Manchester terror attack on May 22, pop star Ariana Grande has announced she will play a benefit concert on Sunday (June 4) to honor the victims and with proceeds going to a fund established by the British Red Cross and the city of Manchester. The concert, dubbed the "One Love Manchester," will also feature performances by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharell Williams, Niall Horan and Usher. Tickets go on-sale this Thursday (June 1), via Ticket Master.
The concert it slated to air live on BBC TV, BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks. A streaming partner is expected to be revealed soon.
In a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter, Grande stated: "We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win. 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. From the day I started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate. To heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. This will not change that."
The terror attack was led by Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan decent, who, reportedly, "used government dole-outs and low-interest education loan dollars" to launch his attack, as Washington Post reports. 22 people were killed in the attack and another several dozen severely injured. 14 people have, so far, been arrested in connection to the attack.
Following the tragedy, Grande took to Twitter to express her sorrow. "Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," she tweeted. A few days later, she then posted a lengthy, heartfelt note, in which she avowed a return to the city soon. "My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones," she wrote. "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."
"The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out. I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever now," the superstar continued. "The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday."
She then aimed to rally the fans and the world, writing, "YOU are the opposite. I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing. We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn't recoil. We will not quit or operate in fear. We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win. 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.
Continuing, she said, "I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor 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 a part of our expression of love for Manchester."
You can read the entire note below:
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