One Love Manchester, a benefit concert and British television event organized by Ariana Grande on June 4th, has been confirmed as the most watched event on television this year by the Manchester Evening News. The British Red Cross, which established the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, received more than $13 million in donations in just 12 hours following the concert.
Grande organized the benefit in response to the terror attack and suicide bombing which occurred after a concert she was performing at the Manchester Arena as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour on May 22. As concert-goers were leaving the arena, a bomb went off killing 22 people and injuring 116 others. Grande was heart-broken as her message on Twitter indicated.
Just over a week later, Grande returned to the stage for the One Love Manchester tribute show at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Also present at the concert was Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Take That, Imogen Heap, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher.
The artist who surprised concert-goers the most was Justin Bieber who made a tearful speech. He said:
“God is good in the midst of the darkness. God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst, no matter what’s happening in the world. God is in the midst and He loves you. He’s here for you. I just want to take this moment to honor the people that were lost or that were taken. We love you so much. To the families, we love you so much.”
The Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande performed “Where Is The Love,” which was a very appropriate song choice.
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Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s 11th Anniversary
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban will be celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary on June 25. They have become one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples. How do they make it work? The actress reveals their secrets to a long-lasting marriage with InStyle Magazine.
- “Keith and I don’t ever text. We call. That’s just what we’ve always done. We’re old-school” she goes on to say that this makes her relationship with the country artist more intimate and personal.
- “On weekends, we just hang-wake up, get the paper. We eat together as a family, breakfast and dinner always. We’re very, very tight. It’s how I was raised. It’s what I know.” Family time is important to the mother of four!
Congratulations to Nicole and Keith!
World Mourns the Death of 88-Year-Old Adam West
Adam West (1928-2017), the beloved original “Batman,” died on June 9th. His family stated that he had “a short but brave battle with leukemia.”
Next to Batman, his character “Mayor Adam West” on Family Guy has gotten much love and attention from fans.
Seth MacFarlane paid tribute to the late superhero in a Twitter statement.
“Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”