Love conquers all!
That was the overall theme during One Love Manchester, the benefit concert put together by Ariana Grande to raise money for the victims of the May 22 suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester Arena. Miley Cyrus, Mac Miller, Oasis, and more artists all came together to raise (at the time of publication) $306,477 to help the families of the 22 people who died and the dozens of people who were injured in the senseless terrorist attack.
Keep reading below to see all the highlights from the concert.
Ariana’s duet with The Black Eyed Peas.
After Fergie Announced her departure from the group last month, according to Variety, Ari took over her parts in their 2003 song “Where Is the Love?”
Ariana Grande’s choir performance.
The Parrs Wood High School choir joined Ari onstage for her song “My Everything,” but te choir’s lead singer Natasha Seth broke down in tears during their performance. Ari put her arm around the young girl to comfort her and sang beside her.
Mac Miller’s guest appearance.
“Tonight is all about love, am I right?” the 23-year-old told the crowd before her boyfriend joined her onstage for two duets.
Ariana's duet with bestie Miley Cyrus.
The besties performed a cover of Crowded Houses’ 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over” — a song they also performed together back in 2015 in Miley’s backyard to raise money for her own charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation.
Ari’s tribute to Olivia Campbell.
The 15-year-old was one of the 22 people who died during the bombing at the Manchester Arena, and Ari said she changed her set list around just to honor the teen’s wishes.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mommy a few days ago, and as soon as I met her I started crying and she told me to stop crying, she said Olivia wouldn’t have wanted me to cry,” Ari told the crowd. “She said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits.”
Katy Perry’s optimism.
Just like Miley, Katy decided to spread messages of love before she played her powerful hits, “Part of Me” and “Roar.”
“I’m so honored and humbled to be here tonight to share and spread love. It’s not easy to always choose love, is it? Especially in moments like these, right? It can be the most difficult thing to do,” Katy told the crowd. “But love conquers fear, and love conquers hate, and this love that we choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
The impromptu game of “Ring Around the Rosie” during Justin Bieber’s set.
Justin performed acoustic renditions of “Love Yourself” and “Cold Water,” but while he addressed the crowd, cameras captured a British officer playing and dancing with children in the crowd for one of the most heartwarming moments of the night.
Oasis lead guitarist Noel Gallagher's surprise appearance.
The English rock legend took the stage with Coldplay to perform his band’s 1994 hit “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” and “Live Forever,” plus his new solo single “Wall of Glass.”
The emotional closing.
With every artist on stage, Ari performed her song “One Last Time” before they all walked off stage together. Shortly after, she came back out for her encore — a tear-wrenching rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.