To support those who were effected by the tragic bombing that took place in Manchester on May 22. Ariana Grande called upon the biggest names in music to come together to help raise money for those impacted. Today, the One Love Manchester benefit concert was held inside Manchester United’s home stadium Old Trafford, and thousands gathered to watch some of their favorite artists come together for a good cause. Streamed live on Twitter, the concert was a moving display of musical talent that started off with Marcus Mumford‘s performance of “Timshel.”
After Mumford’s performance, Manchester locals Take That took to the stage, where they performed two songs, “Let it Shine” and “Giants.”
Up next was English pop icon Robbie Williams, who was overcome with emotion during his performance of “Angels” in front of the estimated crowd of 50,000 people.
Miley Cyrus made three on-stage appearances at the concert, performing once with Pharrell for “Happy,” a solo performance of the song “Inspired,” and a rendition of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” with Grande.
Towards the end of the show, Grande performed her own rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” before bringing out every performer of the night for the grand finale of “One Last Time.”
All of the proceeds from the One Love Manchester benefit concert are being donated to the British Red Cross, and early reports are estimating that £7 million GBP ($9 million USD) is the accumulated total so far. On top of ticket sales, companies sponsoring the event have been matching all online donations. “We expect to raise another one and half million pounds from ticket sales tonight and then further funding from the TV rights and merchandising,” told chief executive of the British Red Cross Mike Adamson to the Associated Press. “So, we’re really looking to appeal that’s going to move towards £10 million GBP”