Over 11 million people tuned in to Ariana Grande’s benefit concert One Love Manchester last night… and that was just through BBC One. The concert was also broadcast live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube so people from across the globe could be part of this incredible movement.
Like so many others, the events that took place on Monday May 22nd 2017 really did affect me. It seems to me that the world is becoming such a cruel place and through this fog, it’s becoming difficult to see how we can stop this terror.
Ariana Grande and her amazing team provided the light that I think we all needed last night. By bringing the world together to celebrate love, she showed us just how incredible we are as a race. We really do come together and provide support when it’s needed.
The concert at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground featured an incredible line-up: Marcus Mumford; Take That; Robbie Williams; Pharrell Williams; Miley Cyrus; Niall Horan; Little Mix; Victoria Monet; Black Eyed Peas; Imogen Heap; Mac Miller; Katy Perry; Justin Bieber; Coldplay and Liam Gallagher. Each act gained applause from around the world and their inspiring performances filled me with emotion.
My personal highlight of the night was when Ariana said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mummy a few days ago and I started to cry and gave her a big hug and she said stop crying, because Olivia wouldn’t have wanted you to cry.
“And then she told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything.”
I absolutely loved that. The fact that she began to belt out the hits in honour of Olivia, one of the victims of the terror attack, was just so heart-warming. Another moment that touched the hearts of many was when the camera caught a policeman at the edge of the venue dancing with a group of kids. It’s safe to say that I really did begin to well up at that moment! Kindness does still exist and we must never forget that.
Ariana ended the show by getting all the performers out onto the stage with her to sing ‘One Last Time’ which was monumental. Right before she left the stage, she sang her version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ which was beautiful.
Thank you Ariana Grande and all the other incredible people involved for putting on this amazing show. The concert alone has raised over £2 million for the victims and their families. I’m sure it will go down in history and let’s hope that evil is finally starting to get the message: love will always win.