Ariana Grande returns to Manchester for emotional tribute concert

One Love Manchester united the city and the world.

Ariana Grande returned to Manchester on Sunday for a star-studded tribute concert in honour of those affected by the city's recent terror attack.

The singer organised One Love Manchester just two weeks after 22 people were killed and dozens more injured at her Manchester Arena show.

It was a night filled with emotion as music's biggest stars united to spread the love - made even more poignant given another terror attack had taken place in London just hours earlier, killing seven and injuring 48.

Around 55,000 people, including those present at Ariana's show on May 22, attended Old Trafford in a powerful act of defiance.

Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and Pharrell were some of the superstars who performed at the huge event.

Liam Gallagher of Oasis also flew straight from a show in Germany to lend his support for his hometown.

Ariana joined forces with Coldplay's Chris Martin for a stirring cover of 'Don't Look Back in Anger', and ended the evening with a heart-wrenching performance of 'Over the Rainbow'.

She also sang her own hits like 'One Last Time', and comforted a tearful school girl as she took to the stage with the Parrs Wood High School Choir for 'My Everything'.

The show saw the 23-year-old singer emerge as a source of strength and inspiration for both Manchester and the world during these difficult times.

She also used her time Manchester to visit those injured in the attack in hospital, as well as meeting with the families of those who lost their lives.

She explained to the crowd how she only decided to perform her own hits at the tribute show after meeting with the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, who died in the arena attack.

"I gave her a big hug and she said [to] stop crying because Olivia wouldn't have wanted me to cry," Ariana said.

"Then she told me that Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. So that being said, we had a totally different show planned. We had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything."

One Love Manchester raised over £2 million (AU$3.46 million) and proceeds will go to help those affected by the Manchester Arena attack. You can donate here.

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