Ariana Grande will not be deterred by terrorists.
The morning after seven people were killed in a horrific terrorist attack in London, the 23-year-old singer’s manager announced that Sunday’s One Love Manchester concert would go on as planned.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Scooter Braun said that Ariana Grande and the other artists scheduled to perform at the concert would honor the “courage, bravery, and defiance” of all those affected by the three terror attacks that have occurred in the U.K. this year.
“After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ado, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured and affected,” he said. “We plant 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,” Braun continued. “We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making a statement that hatred and hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.”
On May 22, 22 people were killed, and 116 were injured when British-born suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi, 22, detonated an explosive device among a crowd exiting a Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
After the tragic event, Grande issued a heartfelt statement on Instagram to her fans.
“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones,” she wrote. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way. The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.”
Ariana Grande ended her post with a message of hope and defiance.
“We will not quit or operate in fear.
“We won‘t let this divide us.
“We won‘t let hate win.”
Shortly afterward, Ariana Grande announced that she would perform a benefit concert in Manchester on June 4 for the victims of the tragedy. The singer — who flew back to her home state of Florida immediately following the bombing — returned to Manchester last week to prepare for the event and visit injured fans in the hospital.
In addition to Ariana Grande, other artists performing at the One Love Manchester concert — which will be held at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground — will include Take That, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Pharell Williams, Robbie Williams, Niall Horan, Little Mix and Black Eyed Peas.
In the U.S., the concert will air live on Freeform at 2 p.m. ET. ABC will also air a tape-delayed version after Game 2 of the NBA Finals. In the U.K., BBC One will air the event live at 6:55 p.m. BST.
According to a statement issued by the Greater Manchester Police, security at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert will be very tight, and those attending the event are encouraged to remain vigilant.
“We’re deeply saddened to hear about last night’s horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including the emergency services responding to the incident,” Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan wrote.
“We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed. There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags. We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry.
“I’d like to remind people that the threat level remains at severe, which means an attack is highly likely.”
Will you be watching Ariana Grande perform at the One Love Manchester benefit concert today?
Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert airs today, June 4, at 2 p.m. ET on Freeform in the U.S. and on BBC One at 6:55 p.m. BST in the U.K.
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