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Ariana Grande Closed Her Manchester Benefit Concert With An Emotional Performance Of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

The song holds special meaning for her.

Ariana Grande returned to Manchester this weekend to hold a benefit concert for the victims of the attack that occurred at her concert in the city on May 22. The event, called One Love Manchester, featured stars such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, and was broadcast around the world on Sunday.

The concert, which drew some 50,000 people, is reportedly estimated to have raised £2 million, and on the Friday before the show, injured fans in the hospital received a surprise visit from Grande herself.

The singer performed a number of her hits at the concert, including "One Last Time" and "Break Free." She and Miley Cyrus also performed a duet of the Crowded House track "Don't Dream It's Over," which fans had hoped for on social media. (The pair previously sang the song together in 2015.)

Grande ended the concert with yet another classic — "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," written for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The singer was overcome with emotion, having to pause for a moment before singing the song's final verse with tears in her eyes. Many of the fans in the audience could be seen tearing up as well.

Grande's mother Joan told Variety after the show that the song holds special meaning for her daughter. "It's an emotional story: my father passed away two and half years ago, and that was the song she sang for him after he passed," she explained, adding that it was one of his favorites.

Watch Grande's emotional performance below:

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