Ariana Grande Performs In Manchester, 1st Time Since Benefit Concert
Ariana Grande has returned to perform in Manchester, UK for the first time since holding a benefit concert two weeks following the horrifying bombings that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more in May 2017.
Today (August 25), Grande, who’s an honorary citizen of the city, came back to perform for this year’s Pride celebration, the biggest the city’s seen yet.
While taking stage and avoiding explicit reference to the attacks, Grande addressed the crowd, “I love Manchester so much, thank you so much for having me back. I’m so happy to be here with you – it means the world – so thank you for having me. I’m sorry, I’m so nervous, I had so much more to say but I’m like very overwhelmed so thank you. It’s so beautiful, I love you so much.”
Grande later added, “I spent some of the happiest times in my teenage years singing in gay bars in New York City. It’s always been such a special thing for me so thank you so much for accepting and celebrating me and letting me celebrate you guys. This is such a special feeling so thank you so so so much – I’m so happy to share this with you guys.”