Ariana Grande Manchester Benefit Concert Will Go On “With Greater Purpose”

By Nancy Tartaglione, Diana Lodderhose


Following the terror attack in London last night, which has left seven dead and at least 48 injured, the benefit concert headlined by Ariana Grande and scheduled for tonight in Manchester — itself following a deadly suicide bombing at a Grande concert in that town two weeks ago — will go on “with greater purpose,” Grande’s manager Scooter Braun said this morning. In a statement, Braun said of the victims and those affected, “We plan to honor them with courage, bravery and defiance in the face of fear.” See below for the full statement.

The One Love Manchester concert, which will feature performances by Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas, kicks off tonight at 6:55 PM local time at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

It is due to be aired live on BBC One in the UK and in the U.S. on ABC/Freeform. There are more than 50 countries that have signed up to air the show live and BBC Worldwide has confirmed to Deadline that all plans for the global simulcast remain in place.

Grande last night tweeted she was “praying for London.” Today, Braun released the following:

“After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected.

“We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.

“We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly. I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester Police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.

“All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.”

Greater Manchester Police said this morning that there will be additional security in place and that “everyone will be searched, including bags.”

All proceeds from the international distribution of TV rights for One Love Manchester will go towards the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

MTV’s digital platform will also join Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in streaming the event live.

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