Manchester Bombing: Artists React to Tragedy at Ariana Grande Concert
On Monday evening, at least 22 attendees at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester Arena concert died following a bombing at the venue. Around 60 more people have been reported injured, with many of the victims teenaged (or younger) fans of the 23-year-old singer.
Similar to the response to the attacks at the Bataclan in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal concert in 2015, the concert-set act of terrorism has shaken up the music world. Many artists (including Harry Styles, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others) have shared their memories of playing at the UK venue, expressing concern for fans, similar fears they’ve had playing large venues and sending condolences to families, victims and the pop star herself.
My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives in Manchester last night. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. God bless.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) May 23, 2017
The Beach Boys:
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) May 23, 2017
I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017
Sending all my love to every single family at the Manchester show last night. So upsetting
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 23, 2017
To see what has happened in Manchester makes me really sad. My thoughts are with those that are experiencing such tragedy at this time x
— Liam (@LiamPayne) May 23, 2017
My daughter made it home safe from Ariana Grande last night. My heart goes out to all parents & those involved. Manchester stay strong. X
— Peter Hook (@peterhook) May 23, 2017
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family’s involved LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
We are so saddened by the tragedy in Manchester last night. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the beautiful Ariana fans and their families ❤️
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) May 23, 2017
Just saw the news about Manchester… Our hearts are breaking ? Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017
#Manchester has always been so close to my heart! These are innocent vulnerable kids, this could’ve been any of us! I’m devastated!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Praying for the beautiful souls we lost, their families and loved ones, for the survivors who will forever be impacted by this #Manchester
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Manchester stands together.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 23, 2017
I am so saddened to hear the news about what happened @ #ManchesterArena…Sending prayers to all & their families during this trying time??
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 23, 2017
wishing I could give my friend @arianagrande a great big hug right now… love love love you …. so sorry you had to be apart of such a tragic event! my most sincere condolences to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific attack! all I can do is send as much HOPE & PEACE your way! This MUST end! No more war …. no more innocent lives taken …. L-O-V-E ?❤️??? @happyhippiefdn
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND
— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande’s show
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with those in Manchester. We just played there Sat & love that amazing city. Shocking & sad. #Manchester
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari
— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I’m so sorry to hear this
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
Billie Joe Armstrong:
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking
— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
manchester. all our thoughts and prayers are with you. this is so tragic.
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) May 23, 2017
This world is crazy-I think I’m having a great day creating music and then see music lovers being targeted again-WHY https://t.co/34N7V5gAsx
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 23, 2017
Tegan and Sara:
Hold each other close today and everyday. Love is the only way to answer to something this hateful
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) May 23, 2017
What is happening in Manchester is absolutely terrifying. Praying everyone effected has found safety and hope Ariana is okay 🙁 Jesus
— h (@halsey) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
Manchester I’m so sorry for the lives you lost yesterday ??
— Tove Lo (@ToveLo) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don’t wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
Absolutely heartbroken for #Manchester. Devastating news. My love, thoughts & prayers go out to all.
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) May 23, 2017
Off to work.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strength to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande ??
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 23, 2017
Horrific and heartbreaking. My heart breaks for the victims and families of this senseless tragedy. #Manchester
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) May 23, 2017
praying for my old friend Ari- for her, her touring crew, her fans and their families i’m so sorry. My heart is with all of you
— kesha (@KeshaRose) May 23, 2017
Kiss’ Paul Stanley:
Manchester. My heart breaks for 22 young killed and 59 maimed. My heart breaks for parents. I am heartbroken and speechless. I pray for you
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 23, 2017
Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill:
Prayers for Manchester. Hits way too close to home. I’m so sorry.
— Jared Followill (@youngfollowill) May 22, 2017
Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill:
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with Manchester. Such a cowardly act.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) May 23, 2017
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all those effected by the tragedy in Manchester last night ?? x VB #Manchester pic.twitter.com/pziTHyySZA
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) May 23, 2017
Watch The 1975’s Matt Healy speak about the Manchester attack on stage.