Ariana Grande has performed in Manchester for the first time since her benefit concert in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.
During her set at Manchester Pride on Sunday night, Grande told the crowd that “Manchester holds a very special place in my heart”. She also said she was “overwhelmed” to return to the city where a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 22 fans following her concert on 22nd May 2017.
Grande performed nine songs for Manchester Pride’s crowd of LGBTQ fans and allies, including her hits “No Tears Left to Cry”, “Thank U Next”, “Side to Side” and “Break Free”.
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Her set concluded with an emotional acoustic performance of “One Last Time”, the song which reached number two on the UK singles chart when it was reissued as a charity single following the attack. “I’m so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me,” Grande told the crowd during her set. “Sorry, I’m so nervous. I had so much more to say but I’m really very overwhelmed. So thank you.”