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Elaine Tong

Ariana Grande is known to many as a “phenomenal” singer, or as quoted from other people, as “this generation’s best”. Or, perhaps, she is just an ordinary singer with a dream to pursue. On a concert date of this singer, an incident took place on May 22 that lost mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, and loved ones.

On May 22 towards the end of the show, a suicide bombing was initiated that had 119 injured 22 killed. This action happened around the exit of the arena where many people began to exit. On the night of this day, loved ones received calls, alerts, and messages of what happened. Social media platforms were covered with missing people. This day deeply stirred the hearts of many.

In response to this sudden event, Ariana put out her first statement on Twitter: “broken.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Ariana Grande held a benefit concert, which is a performance done with a charitable purpose to raise awareness towards a specific issue. This concert was held on June 4 at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Artists such as Coldplay Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Black Eyed Peas, Marcus Mumford, Little Mix, Imogen Heap, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher, and Take That participated in performing. Profits earned from the concert went to the families and victims impacted by the suicide bombing. The concert gained over $9,000,000 in profits.

The concert was streamed live on Twitter at 11 AM PST. At the time of the concert, the hashtag “#OneLoveManchester” was trending. It also streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Ariana posted a letter on Twitter days after the suicide bombing and before her benefit concert. The letter states, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”

“We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.” It continues on to end with, “They will be on my mind and in my heart, every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

Rest peacefully, John Atkinson, Courtney Boyle, Kelly Brewster, Georgina Callander, Olivia Campbell, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Martyn Hett, Alison Howe, Megan Hurley, Nell Jones, Michelle Kiss, Marcin and Angelika Kils, Sorrell Leczkowski, Lisa Lees, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine Mclver, Saffie Rose Roussos, Philip Tron, and Jane Tweddle.

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