Grande's benefit concert is a success


Alexa-Jada Nelson

After the tragedy that occurred at her concert on May 22, Ariana Grande returned to Manchester to put on a star-studded benefit concert, the lineup including Take That, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, and more. The Old Trafford cricket field reached its maximum capacity of 50,000 field. Grande performed her own hits like “Be Alright” and “Side to Side” and collaborated with some of the lineup, performing “Where is the Love” with the Black Eyed Peas and a particularly emotional performance of “My Everything” with the Parrs Wood High School choir.
Concertgoers showed defiance, especially in light of attacks in London the day before the concert. Performers shared positive messages in between songs and a montage of celebrities saying “I stand with Manchester” was played in between sets. Grande went on to perform “One Last Time” to honor the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing and ended the concert with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The concert reportedly raised $3 million for the Red Cross Foundation, and all proceeds went to those affected by the Manchester attacks.