By Shawn Rice
Katy Perry gave a powerful message at the One Love Manchester benefit show by asking the audience members to shout “I love you” at one another before she launched into a touching rendition of “Part of Me” and a joyful performance of “Roar.” She had strong words for her fans and everyone.
“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it, especially in moments like these, right?” she said. “It can be the most difficult thing to do. But love conquers fear and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose will give you strength and it’s our greatest power … I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”
During “Part of Me,” crowd members could be seen crying as they sang along to the 2012 song. Perry then brought the energy up by launching into “Roar,” a track with triumphant lyrics like “I am a champion / And you’re gonna hear me roar” that echoed the evening’s tone.
Perry was just one of many big performances. She was followed by sets which included a star-studded roster of the likes of Marcus Mumford, Imogen Heap, Pharrell Williams, Niall Horan, and Grande herself, who sang a variety of her solo songs and also joined acts like Victoria Mónet, the Black Eyed Peas, a Manchester high school choir, Mac Miller, and Miley Cyrus.
Here are some reactions on social media to Perry’s message before her performance.
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) June 4, 2017
— Alex Bower (@AEB0711) June 4, 2017
— Lily Marston (@lily_marston) June 4, 2017
— katheryn (@sella_sandra) June 4, 2017
Katy Perry’s speech was everything this world needs #OneLoveManchester
— BRANDON COTTON (@brandooncotton) June 4, 2017
Proceeds from the concert, which kicked off at 2 p.m. ET at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford, will go toward victims of the May 22 attack, which left 22 people dead and more than 100 injured. Donate here.
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Photo credit: Georges Biard, Wikimedia Commons
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