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Ariana Grande leads host of stars in One Love Manchester tribute to arena victims

Ariana Grande leads an all-star cast at benefit concert for victims of bombing

By Laura Harding

Ariana Grande was moved to tears as she said "Manchester, I love you with all my heart" after she was joined by a host of musical superstars for a benefit concert for the victims of the terror attack at her recent show.

The 23-year-old US pop singer said she was inspired to change her set list for the One Love Manchester benefit concert after the mother of one of the teenage victims said her daughter would have wanted to hear the hits.

Grande appeared on stage at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in an oversized white One Love Manchester sweatshirt and seemed overcome by emotion throughout the night.

Highlights included a surprise appearance by Mancunian Liam Gallagher, who was joined by Coldplay for a rendition of the Oasis hit Live Forever.

Earlier in the night, Coldplay joined Grande to sing Oasis's hit Don't Look Back In Anger, which has been an anthem for Manchester since the tragedy.

Police officers and security guards could be seen dancing with the crowd as the band also played Viva La Vida.

Before launching into her hit Side To Side, Grande told the crowd: "I want to thank you so much for coming tonight and being so happy and strong and unified. I love you guys so much.

"This night is the kind of thing the world really needs right now."

Proceeds from the concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council with the British Red Cross, to support grieving families and victims.

Grande duetted with Miley Cyrus on Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over and was joined by boyfriend Mac Miller to perform their collaboration The Way and Miller's track Dang!

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford opened the show as he sang "you are not alone in this" in an acoustic version of the band's hit Timshel. The singer took to the stage after a one-minute silence for those who lost their lives.

Concertgoers began queueing outside Lancashire Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground from 8.30am for of the gig, Grande's first performance since bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device, killing fans and parents as they left her show.

Grande fans who attended the gig on May 22 were offered free passes to the concert.

Throughout the night Grande performed her hits Be Alright and Break Free, as well as her duet Better Days with Victoria Monet. She joined Black Eyed Peas on their hit Where Is The Love? and a choir from Parrs Wood High School to sing their version of her song, My Everything and closed with her track One Last Time and Over The Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.

The show also saw performances from Take That and Robbie Williams, who led a crowd singalong to his hit Strong, with the lyrics changed to "Manchester, we're strong, we're strong, we're strong, we're still singing our songs".

Other stars included Pharrell Williams, One Direction's Niall Horan, Justin Bieber, Little Mix and Imogen Heap, while Katy Perry performed her hit Roar, saying: "We will not be silenced, Manchester."

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