On May 22nd, 2017, there was a suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.
The bombing followed a concert performed by American singer, Ariana Grande. The heartwrenching event took 22 lives and injured over 100 others.
Immediately after the bombing, Ariana Grande flew home to be with family, but as soon as she landed she instantly began planning a benefit concert for the victims of the bombing. Grande called the benefit One Love Manchester.
Grande’s team worked insanely hard on creating the One Love Manchester concert event, and to the surprise of many, the event was ready a little over a week. An incredible group of artists agreed to contribute to Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit including, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, and Miley Cyrus–making the benefit possible.
This benefit was unlike any other benefit, and Grande wanted it that way. Grande chose to feature a number of acts, old and new, to be united together to create a performance that she knew her fans would love, such as Little Mix, Niall Horan, Victoria Monet, and an emotional number from Liam Gallagher and Chris Martin.
Grande created this benefit specifically for the pop-adoring youth, but in particularly for the young girls who were deliberately targeted and attacked, just as the music they cherished was.
Too many innocent people fall victim to hate crimes, which is terrifying to consider, but one of the major reasons Ariana Grande set her sights on having a benefit concert was to stifle any fear that hate can produce, by reminding her fans that love always wins.