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04th Jun 2017

Ariana Grande just gave the performance of her life at Manchester

Gillian Fitzpatrick

It was a truly incredible moment: Ariana Grande this evening took to the stage for the first time since the May 22 attack that killed 22 of her fans, and injured many dozens more.

Ariana lined up after the likes of Robbie Williams, Pharrell, Miley Cyrus, Take That, and Niall Horan.

Taking to the stage at 8pm to an eruption of cheers from the crowd, the 23-year-old opened with Be Alright.

For the occasion, Ms Grande wore a white oversized jumped emblazoned with One Love Manchester. Her backing dancers had on complementary sweaters in black.

Certainly, the popstar showed no signs of nerves following the brutal terror attack at the Manchester Arena close-to two weeks ago.

Ariana followed up with Break Free, before dashing off stage.

Shots of the gathered audience showed the sheer delight of the 50,000-strong crowd during her set.

By the end a flood of pink streamers came down onto the stage as the spectators once again erupted. The star herself was, understandably, completely overcome with emotion.

“What an incredible moment for Ariana Grande,” the BBC – official host broadcaster – said in response. “Such a big decision for her to stage this concert; a brave one. But you could see that she was relishing it – 50,000 people in this arena here in this crowd were too, and you could hear it.”

Understandably, social media was gushing in the aftermath of the set; with many praising Ariana’s energy and talent.

Congratulations, Ariana! #OneLoveManchester