After 22 innocent people were killed following Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena, she decided to go back to the city just days later and hold a benefit concert. The One Love Manchester concert was born and she raised millions of dollars for the victims and their families. She was joined by some of the most well-known faces in the world including Niall Horan, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. Now, she’s doing it all over again but this time for a different group of people.
It’s being reported that Ariana will lend her voice to “A Concert For Charlottesville” taking place on September 24th. This concert is being put on to raise money and support the victims of a white nationalist protest that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th and 12th. During this rally, a car drove into the crowd severely injuring 19 people and killing one woman – Heather Heyer. Now, granting the wishes of Heather’s mother, big names in music are coming forward to symbolize the idea that she never marched alone.
Dave Matthews Band, who call Charlottesville home, organized the concert. Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant and other special guests will take the stage. Tickets to the benefit concert are free for the people of Charlottesville and the University of Virgina community.
All of the donations from “A Concert For Charlottesville” will go directly to the victims, their families, first responders, and local peace organizations. It’s very unfortunate that concerts like this and One Love Manchester even have to take place. But, clearly, Ariana has been forever changed by her experience in the UK. After losing her own fans, at her own concert, these types of charity events that are surrounded by music and bring people together in peace and love definitely hold a special place in her heart. It’s amazing to see that she’s not only willing to put on something like One Love Manchester, but also participate in a benefit concert for another group of musicians like the Dave Matthews Band who felt they couldn’t let this go without helping out in some way.
One Love Manchester put Ariana on the map in terms of her love and willingness to help other people in a time of sadness and grief. It’s clear that she will never forget that and will continue to stand up to people who try to spread hate, with the power of love and music.