Grande to return to stage Sunday for Manchester benefit show

"Everybody say, 'We honor you, and we love you'".

"Together we will stand and we'll hold your hand".

"I encourage you to choose love even when it's hard".

The "One Love Manchester" benefit concert, organized by Ariana Grande and her team and featuring performances from Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and several other A-list stars, kicked off today and is being broadcast in dozens of countries around the world.

He said: "I want to dedicate this next song to the lovely people who were killed and injured in the Manchester terror attack".

Before launching into her hit Side To Side, Grande told the crowd: "I want to thank you so much for coming tonight and being so happy and strong and unified".

Grande stepped onstage wearing a "One Love Manchester" crew neck hoodie that was white with light pink lettering, and if you want to pitch in and donate to those affected by last week's terrorist attack, it can be yours.

WORDS from the mother of teenage bomb victim Olivia Campbell led to a last minute shake-up of Ariana Grande's benefit gig.

The crowd went wild when Justin Bieber showed up, with a guitar, to perform an acoustic version of his song "Love Yourself".

As of late Sunday morning few of the other performers had tweeted in response to the London attack.

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having all of us", Cyrus told the crowd.

Grande herself took the stage for an emotional set introduced by her manager, Scooter Braun who declared, "Hatred will never win". "Check your local listings", she said.

Take That then took over and flipped the mood from sombre to upbeat as they got the 50,000-strong crowd singing along to Shine and their new hit single Giants. She sang Fergie's verse on the Black Eyed Peas hit, "Where Is the Love?" along with the group; she performed a duet with Miley Cyrus; and she performed her debut song, "The Way", with rapper Mac Miller.

The sentiment was echoed by fellow pop star, Justin Bieber, who said "You guys are so fearless".

The show also saw performances from Take That, who opened their set with their crowd-pleasing song Let It Shine before renditions of Giants and Rule The World.

He also played his new solo single Wall Of Glass before he was joined on stage by Martin to play Oasis hit Live Forever, saying: "I want to dedicate this next song to the lovely people who were killed and injured in the Manchester terror attack".

The concert will also be streamed online on Grande's YouTube channel and Facebook page, while the BBC will provide the global broadcast for the pop star's far-flung fans. On Saturday, she had visited fans still receiving hospital treatment for injuries sustained during the Manchester attack.

Within days, the singer posted a message of defiance and announced plans to return to Manchester for the benefit show.

All proceeds from the show will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was founded by the Manchester City Council in conjunction with the British Red Cross, to aid the victims of the attack and their families.

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