In the wake of the recent Manchester bombing that claimed the lives of many people, pop singer Ariana Grande put together a huge benefit concert to aid the victims. 50,000 people attended the concert, raising more than £2 million. The concert saw the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, and many more – some dropped their plans to perform at the benefit show. The choice of music was starkly relevant for the numerous attacks the world has recently faced.
Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love
People killin’, people dyin’ / Children hurt and you hear them cryin’ / Can you practice what you preach? / Or would you turn the other cheek?
Released 14 years ago, this song is still relevant – with lyrics that carry a strong reminder.
Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande – Don’t Dream It’s Over
When the world comes in / They come, they come / To build a wall between us / We know they won’t win
Hey now, hey now.
Coldplay – Fix You
When the tears come streaming down your face / When you lose something you can’t replace / When you love someone but it goes to waste / Could it be worse?
Chris Martin singing from his heart and soul – especially in this context – is something that we can’t not get teary eyed over.
Marcus Mumford – Timshel
And you are not alone in this / Together we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
The singer of Mumford and Sons kicked off the concert with a moment of silence.
Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
Spin me ’round again and rub my eyes / This can’t be happening
Putting the O.G. from the dramatised shooting of the Dear Sister meme aside, Imogen Heap manages pin-drop silence in the crowd with her performance of Hide and Seek.
Robbie Williams – Angels
Wherever it may take me / I know that life won’t break me / When I come to call she won’t forsake me / I’m loving angels instead
The crowd gave back in this one. The energy in the audience is enough to bring tears to anyone’s eyes across the globe watching the show live.
Katy Perry – Roar
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Katy Perry brought the spirit back into the crowd with her performance and unbridled energy.
Chris Martin and Ariana Grande – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Chris Martin dedicated the Oasis song to Ariana Grande, but she sang along anyway.
Social awkwardness, cold tea, and public transport problems may leave Brits reeling, but never terror.
Britain doesn’t “reel,” my dears. She finishes her pint, steps lively to safety then returns to pay her tab. ? https://t.co/bIq1PDvKvX
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 5, 2017