Justin Bieber has a message of hope.
It’s not just the people in the audience at Sunday’s One Love Manchester concert that were emotional; some of the performers on stage were, too. And that was true for Bieber, who fought back tears during a short speech after performing acoustic versions of “Love Yourself” and “Cold Water.”
In a voice choked with emotion, the “Purpose” singer told the audience he wasn’t going to “let go of hope,” before sharing some encouraging words from his faith.
“God is good in the midst of the darkness; God is good in the midst of evil. God is in the midst, no matter what is happening in the world. And he loves you, and he’s here for you.”
Ariana Grande Brings Message of Defiance to Concert for Manchester Victims
GREATER MANCHESTER, England — The message onstage and in the crowd at “One Love Manchester,” a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester attack that was hosted by the pop star Ariana Grande, was one of defiance.
The event, at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday evening, was Ms. Grande’s first appearance since a suicide bombing at her May 22 concert at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people, including children, and wounded dozens of others. It came less than 24 hours after another terrorist attack rocked the capital, London, about 200 miles away. Seven civilians died in the Saturday night attack, after a van screeched onto the sidewalk on London Bridge, slamming into pedestrians, before three assailants ran into a nearby open-air market area wielding large knives.
Ms. Grande, 23, announced the benefit concert last Monday on Twitter, a week after the bombing at her concert, naming an A-list roster of guests who would join her, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Pharrell Williams.
Speaking onstage Sunday, Ms. Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, praised the crowd for its bravery. “Last night this nation was challenged, and all of you were challenged, and you had a decision to make if you were going to come out here tonight,” he said. “And this is so beautiful. You guys made that decision. You looked fear right in the face and you said, No, we are Manchester, and the world is watching.”
Mr. Williams told the crowd that he did not see or feel any fear in the audience, and Ms. Cyrus called for peace. Ms. Perry shouted, “We will not be silenced, Manchester!” and Ms. Grande thanked the crowed for being “strong and unified.”