Ariana Grande led a star-studded line-up for the One Love Manchester benefit concert
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Ariana Grande led a star-studded line-up for the One Love Manchester benefit concert at the the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.
Thousands of music fans gathered for the event which was paying tribute to those who lost their lives following the attack at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.
Event organisers said £2 million had been raised by text and online donations during the three-hour concert, as the British Red Cross confirmed that more than £10 million had been raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in total.
A Twitter account for Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour announced on Saturday that she was re-releasing her hit track One Last Time as a charity single, with proceeds going towards the campaign.
Ariana 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.
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The singer, who concluded the concert by singing Somewhereover the Rainbow, 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.'
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She 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 kiiled 22 people at at her concert last week.
She said: 'I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia's mummy a few days ago and I started to cry and gave her a big hug and she said 'stop crying, because Olivia wouldn't have wanted you to cry'.
'And then she told me Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. We had a different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday and we changed everything.'
Among the songs she performed were Be Alright and Break Free and she also duetted with Miley Cyrus on Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over.
She also appeared with Victoria Monet to sing their duet Better Days and then joined Black Eyed Peas to perform their hit Where Is The Love?
Ariana shouted 'Manchester we love you' before Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am said: 'Manchester, London, we are here together and we are one.'
She also joined a choir from Parrs Wood High School on stage to sing their version of her song, My Everything,
The show also saw performances from Take That, who opened their set with Let It Shine before renditions of Giants and Rule The World.
Gary Barlow told the crowd: 'We want to stand strong, look at the sky and sing loud and proud.'
He welcomed former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams to the stage as 'our friend, our brother,' before the foursome took a bow together and Robbie led the crowd in a singalong to his hit Strong, with the lyrics changed to 'Manchester, we're strong, we're strong, we're strong, we're still singing our songs.'
Other stars who took to the stage during the concert included Marcus Mumford, Pharrell Williams, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Usher, Katy Perry and Coldplay.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, to support grieving families and victims of the bombing.