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Love wins in Manchester as Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert

Concert-goers take selfies next to armed police as they depart the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday in Manchester, England. Ariana Grande returned to the city to pay tribute with an energetic, all-star concert two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens.
Concert-goers take selfies next to armed police as they depart the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday in Manchester, England. Ariana Grande returned to the city to pay tribute with an energetic, all-star concert two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens. The Associated Press

Ariana Grande paid tribute to the city of Manchester, England, on Sunday with an energetic, all-star concert that raised millions for victims of a suicide bombing that tore through her last performance in the city nearly two weeks ago.

Grande, 23, was emotional and teary-eyed throughout the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, which the British Red Cross said it raised more than $13 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, created for those affected by the attack at Grande’s May 22 show.

She closed the three-hour-plus event, which you can watch in full here, with a cover of “Over the Rainbow,” crying onstage at the song’s end as the audience cheered her on.

“Manchester, I love you with all of my heart,” Grande said before the performance, and just after singing “One Last Time” with Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and more of the show’s performers standing behind her in solidarity.

A suicide bomber set off a blast outside of Manchester Arena, where Grande was performing on May 22. The attack left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

Social media showed its love for the event:

Report compiled by The Bee’s Noel Harris.

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