Less than two weeks after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, a collection of artists came together to support Ariana Grande
during her "One Love Manchester" benefit at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The venue has hosted a number of stadium artists in the past, such as Bon Jovi, Beyonce, Radiohead, and Rihanna.
Over $2 million was raised from the event as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Miley Cyrus, Mac Miller, Coldplay, and even Liam Gallagher of Oasis took the stage. Ariana Grande headlined the event and led the show in time on stage, as the Manchester attack took place immediately following her concert on Monday, May 17.
Of course it was an emotional event. Tears and smiles were shed and shared, but ultimately One Love was a night that demonstrated resilience and inspired listeners to unite and love. Here are the top 5 performances from One Love Manchester:
5. "Don't Look Back in Anger" - Coldplay
The 1996 hit is a textbook singalong for not just Manchester and the UK, but the entire globe. Oasis formed in Manchester, and the song's title and lyrics were a perfect fit. Liam Gallagher of Oasis performed "Live Forever" as a duet with Chris Martin as well.
4. "The Way" - Mac Miller and Ariana Grande
Mac Miller and Ariana Grande emphasized their relationship status in this performance, as Grande practically blushed after her partner joined her on stage. Her performances were lifted from melancholic to joyful after performing their collaborative banger.
3. "My Everything" - Ariana Grande and Parrs Wood High School Choir
Grande's title track to her sophomore album is pensive. The looming, descending piano block chords reciprocate her vibrato vocals. Add a school-choir to this already contemplative track, and the onions are chopped, especially during lyrics such as "Pain is just a consequence of love."
2. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Ariana Grande
I actually have no bias towards Ariana, but her performances were the most consistent and stellar throughout the concert. Regardless of the context of the show, Grande gave a spectacular performance frequented with cries and smiles. Watch Grande and her audience share tears in this dreamy rendition of the "Oz" standard.
1. "Fix You" - Coldplay
"Fix You" is anthemic. It's layered with organ, bass, and both acoustic and electric guitar. Chris Martin's hindsight ("When the tears come streaming down your face / When you lose something you can't replace") and melody decorate the instrumental. Although the songs starts in gloom, the breakdown of the song leads to pure hope.