Ariana Grande Returns To Manchester In Emotional Performance For Pride Concert
Ariana Grande has said she was “completely overwhelmed” and “so nervous” after performing in Manchester again two years after a terror attack killed 22 people at her concert.
The 26-year-old singer, who was headlining the event, told the crowd at Manchester Pride on Sunday night that she was “so happy” to be with them and thanked the crowd for having her.
She added: “Sorry, I’m so nervous. I had so much more to say but I’m really very overwhelmed. So thank you.”
Grande last appeared in the city in June 2017 at the One Love concert, which she organized to raise money for the emergency fund after the deadly attack at her show at Manchester Arena the previous month.
Grande posted a message on Twitter ahead of her Pride slot, saying: “On our way to manchester pride.
“love u so much. can’t wait to give u all our love. you’re my heart in every way. see u soon.”
On May 22, 2017, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring more than 500.
The singer was physically unharmed in the attack but suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder afterward.
Following the attack, Grande became an honorary citizen of Manchester and arranged the One Love Manchester benefit concert to raise money for the victims.
Grande, who’s currently traveling amidst the European portion of her Sweetener World Tour, performed nine songs in front of an adoring crowd, including a stripped-back, poignant rendition of ‘One Last Time’ as a dedication to Manchester.
She also spoke about her strong relationship with the queer community.
“You know… the gays have always had my heart, personally, and I spent some of the happiest times of my teenage years singing in gay bars in New York City, ” she told the crowd. “I was in a Broadway show, and whenever i finished the show, I’d just go to a bar and sing Whitney Houston covers…”