Ariana Grande To Return To Manchester For Benefit Concert

“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.”

Ariana Grande announced Friday that she will be returning to Manchester to host a benefit concert for the victims of the terror attack that occurred at her show earlier this week. Twenty-two people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack that has left the city, and many around the world, heartbroken. 

"Music is something everyone on Earth can share," the 23-year-old singer wrote in an official statement. "Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy."

Grande continued: 

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

The concert is still being planned, but Grande wrote the event will be a chance to honor and raise money for those affected by the attack. At the time of publication, a fundraising page created by the Manchester Evening News and the British Red Cross had raised nearly £2,000,000 ($2,561,000).

In the days following the incident at Manchester Arena, celebrities from the entertainment and music world tweeted their support and love for those affected, the city and Grande. Several stories emerged of ordinary citizens taking extraordinary actions to help others, including residents of the Manchester opening their homes up to those who were stranded or were still working to reunite with their families. 

"There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better," Grande wrote. "The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out."


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