The attack took place as people were leaving Ariana Grande’s concert, and the singer was understandably distraught.
At only 23-years-old, she made the decision to return to Manchester less than two weeks later. On Sunday, she was set to join other influential singers to pay tribute to the victims during a concert:
The day before the scheduled concert, three Islamic extremist men used a white van to run over innocent pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing spree. BBC reported seven people were killed and over 48 were injured during the eight-minute attack.
While it was surely daunting to face another attack the day before the scheduled tribute, hate and fear haven’t deterred the singers — including Grande — from holding their “One Love” concert.
Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, issued a statement on Twitter, saying that not only will the concert continue, it will do so “with greater purpose.” He declared that every artist is in agreement and has been “unwavering in their support” to carry on with the show.
Braun added that the artists feel a responsibility to the victims and wrote, “We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear.”
Some may be apprehensive about attending the event, but he assured concertgoers that the number one priority of the British government and Greater Manchester police is their safety. He wrote:
“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.”
Despite the United Kingdom being clouded in tragedy, he declared, “Today we stand together,” and he asked both Manchester and the world to “join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win.”
Some of the artists performing are the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry — and within six minutes of releasing tickets, the show was sold out. Fortunately, the concert will also be live-streamed on various YouTube channels and TV networks.