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Spotlight on Grande at Manchester benefit

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Snger Ariana Grande, onstage in white, performs Sunday at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England. The event raised money for people affected by the bombing last month at Grande’s concert in Manchester.

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Ariana Grande, left, and Miley Cyrus sing together at the One Love Manchester tribute concert.

MANCHESTER, England — Ariana Grande returned to the Manchester stage two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 victims at her concert in the city, singing upbeat and motivational pop anthems as the audience cheered loudly for the singer.

Grande emerged onstage for the One Love Manchester concert Sunday, held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground. She appeared emotional as she performed “Be Alright” and “Break Free.” Before her performance, she and her dancers held hands in solidarity.

“Manchester, we’re gonna be all right,” she yelled. Confetti burst following the performance.

One of the most powerful moments of the concert was when the Parrs Wood High School Choir sang Grande’s “My Everything” with the singer. The 23-year-old singer held the young lead performer’s hand, both teary-eyed, as the rest of the singers joined in.

Katy Perry also left a mark with her resilient performance: She sang a stripped down version of her hit, “Part of You.” Backed by two singers and a guitarist, Perry delivered the song wearing all white, singing, “Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows, but you’re not gonna break my soul.”

“I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you,” she said.

“We will not be silenced,” she yelled before singing the anthem, “Roar.”

Grande performed throughout the show, even collaborating with others onstage. She sang Fergie’s verse on the Black Eyed Peas hit, “Where Is the Love?” along with the group; she performed a duet with Miley Cyrus; and she performed her debut song, “The Way,” with rapper Mac Miller.

Cyrus said she was “so honored to be at this incredible event” and performed “Happy” alongside Pharrell Williams, who also sang “Get Lucky.”

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