Manchester Victim’s Mother Had Bold Statements For Ariana Grande At Her ‘Love Benefit’ Concert [VIDEO]

Ariana Grande performed a moving duet with a 12-year-old girl during a tribute to the victims of terror — before the star dedicated a song to Manchester bomb victim Olivia Campbell.

Campbell, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi in an attack on a pop concert on Monday night.

Her mother told Ariana Grande to ‘sing your heart out’ and play her biggest hits when she met the US singer ahead of last night’s concert.

Charlotte Campbell said the 23-year-old singer ‘wanted to play the non-hits’ and ‘didn’t feel appropriate to dance and to sing’ but she told her: ‘No you sing your heart out. Make everyone get up.’

Paying an emotional tribute to her 15-year-old daughter, who was killed when terrorist Salman Abedi blew himself up at the Manchester Arena last month, Ms Campbell said she told Grande: ‘Don’t tell anyone you can’t do something. Olivia wouldn’t want anyone in tears. Olivia’s a smiley girl. Wouldn’t stop smiling.’

She appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning alongside Olivia’s stepfather Paul.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and Niall Horan performed for free last night to raise £2million toward the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

The 50,000-strong crowd held a minute’s silence in memory of those who have lost their lives in the last fortnight before the evening culminated with the stellar line-up on stage, singing a stirring rendition of Grande’s hit One Last Time – before the 23-year-old broke down in tears as she sung Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

When asked what Olivia would have thought of the concert at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Ms Campbell said: ‘She would be buzzing her head off. Smiling jumping.

‘She would be telling me about it all day. It would have made her world. Olivia was the cheekiest, gobbiest 15-year-old, but also the kindest and most caring. If you met her you wouldn’t forget her.’

The American star returned to the stage for the first time on Sunday night after suicide bomber Abedi detonated a device, killing 22 of her fans and parents as they left her show at the Manchester Arena on May 22.

And it came after another terror attack in London last night in which seven people were killed and nearly 50 injured after three men drove a van into a crowd on London Bridge and set upon people in a crazed knife rampage.

But the American singer’s manager Scooter Braun said the Manchester gig now had a ‘greater purpose’ than ever after the country’s second terror attack in two weeks.

Ariana Grande said she was inspired to change her set list for the One Love Manchester benefit concert after the mother of one of the teenage victims said her daughter would have wanted to hear the hits.

Grande appeared on stage at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in an oversized white One Love Manchester sweatshirt and seemed overcome by emotion at points as she was joined by a string of musical stars.

Before launching into her hit Side To Side, Grande told the crowd: “I want to thank you so much for coming tonight and being so happy and strong and unified.”

“I love you guys so much. This night is the kind of thing the world really needs right now.”

Grande said she had not planned to play so many of her big hits but changed her mind after meeting the mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, who was among the victims of the blast that killed 22 people at her concert last week.

Katy Perry called love ‘our greatest power’ as she urged people to conquer fear in the wake of the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks.

She urged people to reach out and touch whoever was next to them and say ‘I love you’ before performing Part Of Me and hit track Roar.

There was also a surprise appearance by Mancunian Liam Gallagher, who was joined by Coldplay for a rendition of the Oasis hit Live Forever.

Gallagher dedicated a performance of Live Forever to the people killed and injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack as he surprised fans at the One Love concert.

He also performed the band’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Star and his own single, Wall Of Glass before telling the 50,000-strong crowd at the Old Trafford cricket ground that Live Forever was for ‘the beautiful people killed and injured in the Manchester terror attack’.

Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford sang ‘you are not alone in this’ as he performed an acoustic version of the band’s hit Timshel to open the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

He then welcomed Take That to the stage to open their set with their crowd-pleasing song Let It Shine.

In between renditions of Giants and Rule The World, Gary Barlow told the crowd: ‘Thank you everybody for coming out tonight, thank you for everybody watching at home, thanks to Ariana for inviting us tonight.

Barlow then introduced his former band mate, Robbie Williams. Williams serenaded the crowd with his song, ‘Strong’, changing the words to, ‘Manchester we’re strong’.

U2 frontman Bono sent a video message to the concert, telling the crowds: ‘All our hearts are with you, all our hearts are with Manchester and with the UK. So many of our friends are in this great city.

‘We’re broken-hearted for parents who’ve lost their children and children who’ve lost their parents in this senseless, senseless horror. There is no end to grief and that’s how we know there is no end to life.’

Pharrell Williams then opened his performance with a rendition of Get Lucky, his hit with Daft Punk, before Miley Cyrus joined him on stage to perform Williams’ hit Happy.

One Direction star Niall Horan performed his hit Slow Hands before dedicating song This Town to Manchester, saying: ‘I just want to say I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and every time I come back to Manchester I’m addicted to this place.

Justin Bieber used his One Love performance to honour the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena attack

The Canadian pop star led the 50,000 strong crowd in chants of ‘love, love, love’ as he took to the stage to perform Love Yourself and Cold Water.

Little Mix took to the stage after Grande, and Jade Thirlwal.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham sent a message of support to London as he addressed crowds at the One Love Manchester concert.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also appeared on the stage and the crowd applauded as Mr Burnham thanked the police for their efforts following the May 22 attack.

Bishop of Manchester David Walker led the crowd in a minute’s silence for the victims of the bombing.

After the concert, Grande tweeted an emoji of a heart, and wrote: ‘Praying for London.’

She also visited youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena explosion at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday night.


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