Partway through the final song of the “One Love Manchester”benefit concert, Ariana Grande sobbed audibly and was forced to stop, pacing the stage long enough to collect herself before finishing the song.
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In the minutes leading up to and following that moment, she was so visibly shaken and emotionally raw, that it appears even a baby – a little girl watching the final act on television at home – picked up on the emotionally charged atmosphere and began to cry.
The concert was held June 4, in Manchester, the same city where weeks earlier, a suicide bomber took the lives of 22 and injured dozens of others. On Tuesday, Grande shared a 49-second video on Instagram of the baby, tears spilling over and streaming down her cheeks, as she tries to sing along to the Wizard of Oz classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.â€
Emotions have been running strong all over the world ever since.
The singer’s mother, Joan Grande, was surprised by her choice of that song to close out the concert; but revealed that Ariana was very close to her grandfather, Franke Grande, who passed away almost three years ago, and “that was the song she sang for him after he passed,”her mother said.
It was the final performance of the three-hour benefit concert, which also featured performances by such musical luminaries as Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Coldplay. Proceeds from the concert, as well as from a live version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”recently released as a single, will benefit those affected by the May 22 bombing.
During the “One Love Manchester”concert, Grande spoke about meeting some of the victims and their families, including the mother of one 15-year-old girl who was killed in the attack.
“As soon as I met her I started crying and I gave her a big hug, and she said I should stop crying because Olivia would have wanted me to stop crying,”she recalled emotionally. “And she said Olivia would have wanted to hear the hits.â€
Watch the video below of the sweet baby’s reaction to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.â€
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