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13 Emotional Moments From Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester Gig

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Music Editor
Updated: 5 June 2017
Ariana Grande cemented the special place she has in the hearts of us Brits with the spectacular One Love Manchester gig last night.

The American singer was dignified on stage as she returned to the city just weeks after the horrific terrorist attack at her concert at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

With the help of her pop star friends and manager Scott Braun, Ariana pulled together a massive concert at Old Trafford cricket ground attended by 50,000 fans.

It also came two days after another devastating terrorist attack in London Bridge, which saw seven people killed after three men went on a rampage in the popular tourist spot.

But last night, the music world remained defiant and sent a powerful message of unity and peace to show that terrorism will never win as there’s too much love and kindness in the world to let hate prevail.

It was a message the world needed to hear, now more than ever.

We bring you the most emotional moments from the gig that got us all tearing up.

1. Ariana Grande comforts an emotional schoolgirl

It all got too much for one pupil from the Parrs Wood High School choir as they covered Ariana’s hit song ‘My Everything’ but the singer soon came out on stage to comfort her and join their touching performance.

2. Liam Gallagher dedicates Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ to the victims

The singer made a surprise appearance at the concert and was joined by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin for a performance of ‘Live Forever’. He told the crowd: ‘I want to dedicate this song to the beautiful people who were killed in the Manchester terror attack.’

3. Coldplay serenade Ariana Grande with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

Before launching into the Oasis cover, Martin told Grande: ‘We all want to say thank you, Ariana, to you for being so strong and wonderful. You’ve been singing a lot for us so I think we of Britain want to sing for you. This is called ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and this is for you.’

4. Robbie Williams reunites with Take That

Sadly, they didn’t perform together even though they reunited briefly on stage but Williams did change the lyrics to his song ‘Strong’ to ‘Manchester we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re still singing our songs, our songs.’

5. Marcus Mumford holds a moment’s silence

The Mumford & Sons frontman performed on his own last night and held a moment’s silence before he launched into a moving rendition of his band’s 2009 song ‘Timshel’. ‘Let’s not be afraid,’ he said.

6. Ariana Grande’s emotional speech about 15-year-old bombing victim Olivia Campbell

Talking on stage, Ariana said: ‘I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia’s mummy a few days ago and as soon as I met her I started crying and gave her a big hug. She told me to stop crying as Olivia wouldn’t want me to cry and then she told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits.’

7. Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus change the lyrics to ‘Happy’

The pair performed Pharrell’s hit track ‘Happy’ to deliver a message of positivity and love by changing the lyrics to ‘Manchester will be just fine.’ The rapper told the audience: ‘I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel tonight is love. Resilience. Positivity.’

8. Ariana Grande’s touching duet with Miley Cyrus

The two singers covered Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and shared a long hug on stage.

9. Ariana Grande performs ‘Where Is The Love?’ with the Black Eyed Peas

Singer Will.i.am paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks. He said: ‘Manchester, London we are here and we are together, we are one, put one finger in the air. If you’re about oneness, togetherness put one finger in the air. We love every single one of you.’

10. Justin Bieber gets everyone to chant ‘love’

The singer performed his tracks ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘Cold Water’ last night. He told the crowd: ‘You guys are so brave. What an amazing thing we’re doing tonight, would you agree that love always wins? What a better way than to fight evil with evil, is to fight evil with good? Would you guys agree with that?’

11. Ariana Grande closes the show with ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

The singer broke down in tears as she closed the show with an emotional cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.

12. The finale of ‘One Last Time’

Ariana was joined on stage by Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and others for a performance of her song ‘One Last Time’.

13. A policeman is caught dancing with children

But the real star from last night’s show was a police officer who was spotted in the crowd dancing with some of the children. What a class act.