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Ariana Grande returns to the stage in Manchester for One Love benefit concert

Ariana Grande returned to the Manchester stage on Sunday to host a benefit concert in aid of the victims of the recent terror attack in the city.

The US singer performed with a host of famous faces nearly two weeks after an attack at the Manchester Arena following her show, in which 22 people lost their lives.

The 23-year-old was introduced by her manager Scooter Braun, who also addressed the terror attacks in London on Saturday, telling the crowd: "Last night this nation was challenged and you had a decision about whether or not to come out tonight.

"You looked that fear right in the face and said 'No. We are Manchester and all of the world is watching.' Manchester - your bravery is our hope."

Ariana then appeared on stage to perform her hits Be Alright and Break Free, shouting: “Manchester make some noise!” before pink streamers rained down on the crowd.

She followed stars including Take That and Robbie Williams who had already performed.

One Direction star Niall Horan performed his hit Slow Hands before dedicating song This Town to Manchester, saying: “I just want to say I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and every time I come back to Manchester I’m addicted to this place.

“When I seen you guys all rallying together last week it was a sight to behold, it was incredible.

“We love you, we’re with you.”

Little Mix also took to the stage, and Jade Thirlwall said: “We are so, so happy to be part of this incredible day, thank you.”

Introducing the group’s track Wings, she said: “The song we have chosen to do for you guys we wrote together a few years ago in the hope it would empower people to stand together and to not let anything bring them down.”

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber used his One Love performance to honour the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena attack

The Canadian pop star led the 50,000 strong crowd in chants of “love, love, love” as he took to the stage to perform Love Yourself and Cold Water.

He said: “What an amazing thing we are doing tonight, would you not agree? Would you agree that love always wins? What a better way to fight evil with evil than fight evil with good.”

Also performing during the show was Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Imogen Heap, but it was Liam Gallagher's surprise appearance that gained the biggest cheers of the night.

He was joined on stage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin as he dedicated the Oasis hit Live Forever to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

Ariana also performed a number of duets throughout the show, singing with Miley, The Black Eyed Peas, her boyfriend Mac Miller, and with pupils from Manchester's Parrs Wood High School - some of whom were at her concert earlier this month.

The singer closed the concert with a rendition of her hit song One Last Time with the concert's line-up appearing together on stage. Ariana then gave a solo performance of Somewhere Over The Rainsbow.

Proceeds from Sunday's gig will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, to support grieving families and victims of the bombing.

So far the fund has reached over £7 million.

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