Ariana Grande Returns to Manchester for Pride

Ariana Grande Returns to Manchester for Pride

The Thank You Next singer, performed at Manchester Pride this past weekend.

The Thank You Next singer, performed at Manchester Pride this past weekend.

Text: Paul Madley

British fans welcomed back Ariana Grande this weekend as she performed at Manchester Pride. This is the second time Grande has returned to Manchester since the tragic 2017 terrorist attack.

Grande performed the track No Tears Left To Cry, the first song that she released after the bombing, which killed 22 people. One fan commented, "I don't know that there was one person who didn't have tears in their eyes. It means so much to the city and it means so much to the world to show what she did tonight and show that hate doesn't win." Another fan said, “She was there for us. She was there for the LGBT community. She was there for Manchester.”.

Ariana herself told the crowd, "Manchester holds a very special place in my heart,” before she continued with, "I'm so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me. Sorry, I'm so nervous. I had so much more to say but I'm really very overwhelmed. So thank you."

Grande performed songs from her current world tour setlist, including the anthem, "One Last Time." The song took on special meaning to the city of Manchester and for those affected by the attack. Fans were chanting her name during the performance. Grande later stated "The gays have always had my heart. Thank you so much for accepting and celebrating me the way I've always celebrated you guys.”

Other acts that performed at this year's Manchester Pride included Kim Petras and Years and Years. Petras wore a flared skater skirt and bralette in the colors of the Trans flag.

Back in 2017, Manchester City Council announced that they are planning to make Ariana Grande an honorary citizen.

Check out the video for Grande’s One Last Time below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPgEgaPk62M

Credits: video courtesy of YouTube.

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