If there was anyone to help the people of Manchester feel ‘freedom’ from fear and feel ‘happy’ again it would be Pharrell Williams. The music icon hit the stage of the June 4 benefit concert to perform a medley of hits, including a surprise appearance by Miley Cyrus!
When it was Pharrell Williams’ turn in the spotlight, he knew he had to step up his game. After all, the 44-year-old singer was sharing the bill with such stars as Ariana Grande, 23, Katy Perry, 32, Miley Cyrus, 24, Justin Bieber, 23, and Take That, as a massive group of amazing stars had come to raise money for the victims of the May 22 terrorist attack on Manchester. Leave it to Pharrell to steal the show, as the former judge on The Voice kicked off his set with a version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
“I don’t hear or smell or fear any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity and you know what? I hate to be corny but it actually makes me feel happy,” Pharrell said after his first song. Suddenly, Miley Cyrus came out of nowhere! Together, the two did a fantastic rendition of “Happy,” that left a smile on every single one of the 60,000 fans at the Old Trafford field. Amazing!
Proceeds from the One Love Manchester concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency fund, which aims to support the families of the 22 people killed (and 100+ injured) by the May 22 suicide attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert. More than £6 million has already been raised and Mike Adamson, the chief executive of the Red Cross, has applauded Ariana for this “gesture of solidarity.”
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“This event is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate things that unite us – music, humanity and the will to do something to help others,” he said, according to Sky News. It was Ariana who spearheaded the concert, as she suspended her Dangerous Woman tour after the attack. However, she vowed to not “go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans.”
“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor and raise money for the victims and their families,” she said and Ariana made good on that promise. On June 2, days before the concert, she arrived at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to visit those who were still recovering from the attack, according to The Telegraph. She surprised Jaden Farrell-Mann, 10, who suffered fractures in both of her legs during the attack. “I got to meet my queen today love you Ariana Grande,” the young girl tweeted. Hopefully, she was watching this concert, as Ariana, Pharrell and the rest of the performers were sending the love back.
What did you think about Pharrell’s performance, HollywoodLifers?