Ariana Grande had a very good reason for switching up the setlist for this weekend’s Manchester benefit concert.
On Sunday (June 4), the “Dangerous Woman” singer co-hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert in Manchester, England to raise money for the survivors and victims of a terror attack outside of her performance in the city last month. The event brought together a host of artists, including Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams, and more.
The concert was both magical and heartbreaking, and thanks to all the singers who participated, it was also a huge success. As Grande explained during the concert, the show was initially going to be a somber event — but a special meeting made her change everything at the last minute.
“Before we go any further, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today. I love you so so much,” Grande told the crowd via Just Jared. “Thank you. I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified.”
The Scream Queens alum then explained that meeting the mother of a fan who passed away during the horrific attack inspired her to change up the setlist for the evening.
“And I want to also say I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia [Campbell]‘s mommy a few days ago. And as soon as I met her I started crying and I gave her a big hug and she said that I should stop crying because Olivia wouldn’t have wanted me to cry,” Grande said. “And then she told me that Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits.”
The 23-year-old singer took that message to heart, performing popular songs, including her single, “Break Free.” She also teamed up with Cyrus during the show to sing Crowded House’s 1986 ballad “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” as reported by E! News.
“So that means that we had a totally different show planned and we had a rehearsal yesterday where we changed everything and this evening has been so light and so filled with fun and love and bright energy and I want to thank you for that,” she said.
(H/T Just Jared)