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Grande returns to Manchester to honor victims with benefit

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/4/2017 By HILARY FOX & MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ariana Grande returned to the city to pay tribute with an energetic, all-star concert featuring Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Liam Gallagher two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 of her fans and injured dozens of others in Manchester, England.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Grande was emotional and teary-eyed throughout the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, which the British Red Cross said it raised more than £10 million ($13 million) for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, created for those affected by the attack at Grande's May 22 show.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

She closed the three-hour-plus event with a cover of "Over the Rainbow," crying onstage at the song's end as the audience cheered her on.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, right, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, right, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

"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.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, earned loud cheers from the audience as he emerged in his home town in surprise form. He sang and offered encouraging words to the crowd, who held inspirational signs in their hands.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Mark Owen of Take That performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Mark Owen of Take That performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

One of the most powerful moments was when the Parrs Wood High School Choir performed Grande's "My Everything" with the singer. The 23-year-old pop star held the young lead performer's hand, both with tears in their eyes, as the rest of the singers joined in.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, centre in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, centre in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Perry also left a mark with her resilient performance: She sang a stripped down version of her hit, "Part of Me." Backed by two singers and a guitarist, she delivered the song wearing all white, singing, "Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows, but you're not gonna break my soul."

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, general view of the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, general view of the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP)

"I encourage you to choose love even when it's difficult. Let no one take that away from you," she said.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP)

Bieber shared similar words onstage, even coming close to crying when he spoke about God and those who died at Grande's show.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

"(God) loves you and he's here for you. I wanna take this moment to honor the people that were lost, that were taken," he said. "To the families, we love you so much. ... Everybody say, 'We honor you, and we love you.'"

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Coldplay were also a crowd favorite, performing well-known songs like "Viva La Vida" and "Fix You."

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry, left, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Katy Perry, left, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Grande performed throughout the show, singing her hits from "Side to Side" to "Break Free." She even collaborated with others onstage: She sang Fergie's verse on the Black Eyed Peas hit, "Where Is the Love?" along with the group; she performed a duet with Cyrus; and she sang her debut song, "The Way," with rapper Mac Miller.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Owen Humphreys for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, onstage center right, and Miley Cyrus, onstage center left, perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Owen Humphreys via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Owen Humphreys for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, onstage center right, and Miley Cyrus, onstage center left, perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Owen Humphreys via AP)

Cyrus said she was "so honored to be at this incredible event" and performed "Happy" alongside Pharrell, who also sang "Get Lucky."

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, onstage in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, onstage in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

"I don't feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity," Williams said.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, centre in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande, centre in white, performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Take That, who are from Manchester, followed with fun energy that the crowd danced to.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Robbie Williams performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Robbie Williams performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

"Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this," singer Gary Barlow said. "We want everyone to stand strong."

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Robbie Williams performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singer Robbie Williams performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

Robbie Williams also performed, changing some of his lyrics of "Strong" to honor the Manchester victims.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Pharrell Williams, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, singers Pharrell Williams, left, and Miley Cyrus perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)

"Manchester we're strong ... we're still singing our song," he sang with the audience of 50,000.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP)

The Manchester concert came the day after attackers targeted the heart of London, killing seven people. Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, singer Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP)

The One Love Manchester concert aired across the globe. Other performers included Little Mix, Niall Horan, Imogen Heap and Victoria Monet.

Armed police provide security outside the Emirates Old Trafford during the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Sunday, June 4, 2017, for the victims of last month's Manchester Arena terror attack in Manchester, England. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Armed police provide security outside the Emirates Old Trafford during the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Sunday, June 4, 2017, for the victims of last month's Manchester Arena terror attack in Manchester, England. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

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In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Danny Lawson via AP)

Mesfin Fekadu reported from New York.

In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd hold We Stand Together placards at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester, members of the crowd hold We Stand Together placards at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Dave Hogan via AP)
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