Sunday’s One Love Manchester concert honored the memory of those who lost their lives on May 22, when a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. Grande herself returned to headline the festival, which also featured performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, and others.
Katy Perry proved to be a standout, and not just because of the music: she opened her brief two-song set with an acoustic rendition of “Part of Me,” before charging into her empowerment anthem “Roar,” at which point she revealed a special tribute to those who lost their lives on May 22: the back of her white fringe jacket was adorned with a photo collage of the victims, in the shape of a heart.
— FREDDY (@FreddyAmazin) June 4, 2017
Perry then closed her set with a message of solidarity, telling the crowd:
“I’m so honored and humbled to be here tonight to share and spread love. Love conquers fear, and love conquers hate, and this love that we choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
And later sending out a tweet of support:
❤️you are so beautiful and brave ❤️#OneLoveManchester 🇬🇧
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 4, 2017
One Love Manchester reportedly raised $2.6 million in three hours for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, bringing the total amount raised since the tragedy up to $15.5 million.
[via Elite Daily]