Tight security and tears at benefit concert for Manchester bomb victims

There were also performances by Black Eyed Peas, Niall Horan, Little Mix, and Imogen Heap, while concert organiser Ariana hopped on and off stage to join friends and sing her own solo hits.

'To the families we love you so much.

U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande headlined a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester on Sunday that was both joyful and mournful, in aid of victims of the bombing that rocked the city last month, as security fears ran high after attackers in London killed seven people.

The concert seemed a philosophical success, too, as Grande played host, criss-crossing the evening's lineup of musicians, all of whom pleaded the case for solidarity and love.

"I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building".

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Ariana and her manager Scooter Braun began planning the One Love gig just days after the attack on her Manchester gig, and her fellow musicians were full of praise for how she handled the tragedy. "All we feel tonight is love, resilience, and positivity".

'Manchester we're strong, we're strong, we're strong, we're still singing our songs, our songs, ' went the lyrics.

"Manchester, we're gonna be all right", she yelled.

Few fans has earlier questioned whether Sunday's show would go on after three armed men drove a van into a crowd on the London Bridge on Saturday night and another incident was reported at the Borough Market in London.

Officials say security was bolstered for the concert.

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The event was attended by 50,000 people on Sunday, including many of those who were at the "Break Free" singer's concert when the attack took place.

The superstar brought each a sunflower and a teddy bear, according to Lauren Thorpe, whose eight-year-old daughter, Lily, suffered a shrapnel wound in her back as a result of the bombing.

American fans were able to watch the concert on the cable channel Freeform, as well as Grande's YouTube and Facebook pages.

And following the concert, the British Red Cross, who have been fundraising for their Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up after the attack, tweeted: "We've raised an incredible £2.35 MILLION during #OneLoveManchester!"

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