Arianna Grande's benefit concert One Love Manchester for the victims of the Manchester bombing that occurred outside of her concert was a huge success. The event itself went smoothly, with all performers running on schedule and the concert ending promptly in time for curfew. There was a heavy security presence, with every attendee having to go through canine screening.
The main message of the night was love, with performers like Arianna and Katy Perry opening up to the people of Manchester.
Numbers on how many people the concert reached is still being determined.
The concert is being compared to Live Aid, the huge benefit concert in 1985 that featured Queen, U2, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Phil Collins. It raised some 40 million for famine relief in Africa. But with the event being broadcast live on iHeart Radio, YouTube, the BBC and countless social platforms, its impact was massive.
Arianna's manager, Scooter Braun, who is well known for discovering other artists, including Justin Bieber spoke inspiration worlds to a roaring crowd:
"Last night the nation was challenged, and all of us were challenged, and you had a decision whether to show up tonight. This is so beautiful. You guys made that decision. You looked fear right in the face and said, 'No, we are Machester and the world is watching.'"
Performers included Arianna Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Pharrell, The Black Eyed Peas, Niall Horan and Mac Miller plus more! Videos messages were broadcast from stars like Stevie Wonder and U2.