Following the May 22 suicide attack targeting Ariana Grande fans exiting Manchester Arena, the singer is returning to the northwestern city in the UK with an all-star cast for a concert that will be broadcast by the BBC.
Joining her at the 52,000-capacity Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday, June 4 are Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Take That, One Direction star Niall Horan and Usher.
Additional performers, including Madonna, have reportedly expressed interest in lending support to the event.
All the artists performing have waived their usual fees, concert promoter Live Nation is underwriting the cost of the event and Ticketmaster will not be charging booking fees.
Organizers say all net ticket proceeds will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, incorporating the M.E.N's fundraising appeal for victims and their families. The fundraising appeal has already had close to C$3.5M pledged.
The 24-year-old singer, Ariana Grande has been in the public eye since she began her career on Broadway at age 13 and then became a Nickelodeon star until her contract expired and she signed as a solo artist with Republic Records, releasing Yours Truly in 2013. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in the US and she has gone from star to superstar since that time with all three of her albums becoming platinum sellers, including 2016's Dangerous Woman, featuring a who's who in pop today—including Macy Gray, Future, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Max Martin.
Her success has also allowed her to use her position in life, and wealth to better those less fortunate. At the age of ten, she co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events and raised over $500K for charities in 2007 alone.
In 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande, along with her brother Frankie, performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa. After watching Blackfish, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld and became a vegan.
She has also fundraised for campaigns against bullying online, raised money for cancer research, and launched a cosmetics line that directs its profit into organizations helping those affected by HIV and AIDS.
Following the Manchester bomb attack that killed 22 and wounded 64, Grande penned a heartfelt letter to her fans, asking them to be resilient in the face of such outrageous aggression and to stand together and show that love, not fear is the better medicine.
Below, verbatim is what she wrote.
My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.
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.
I have been thinking of my fans and of you all, non-stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know.
The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.
YOU are the opposite.
I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing.
We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn’t recoil.
We will not quit or operate in fear.
We won’t let this divide us.
We won’t let hate win.
I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me.
Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.
I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.
From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans.
A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves.
To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves.
This will not change that.
When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd.
Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music.
Music is something that everyone on Earth can share.
Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.
So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.