Ariana Grande to release charity single of Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Emmett Rice
June 7, 2017

Grande closed the concert whose proceeds will go toward the Red Cross' We Love Manchester emergency fund, with a stirring performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that didn't leave a dry eye in the house.

The event saw the likes of Take That, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Liam Gallagher, Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay's Chris Martin perform.

Grande joined her big name guests throughout the day, performing alongside many of them. The remainder of the tickets for the show at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground-which has a capacity of about 50,000-sold out in under six minutes. "So just seeing them smile and having 20 minutes, half an hour of pure happiness is unbelievable".

The concert, which raised over $3 million, was held to raise money for the families of the 22 victims who died and almost 50 who were injured during the May 23 terror attack. Manchester's city symbol is a bee, and in the wake of the attack on Ariana's concert on 22 May (17) residents flocked to get a bee tattoo to show solidarity with the victims.

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The 23-year-old sang the song, originally released in 1939 by Judy Garland, to close the Manchester benefit concert on Sunday June 4 in a powerful and emotional performance. The concert was confirmed last week on a Twitter post by the singer.

The fans also sang some of Grande's songs and wrote messages paying homage to the victims.

Artists like Enrique Iglesias, who also had a concert that same night, promoted the event with the hashtag #onelovemanchester and sent his respect to the people there.

Although the sight of people enjoying themselves at One Love Manchester was a welcome one after the recent terror attack on the city, thoughts of the 22 that lost their lives that night were never far away.

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