Ariana Grande‘s benefit for Manchester on Sunday was a star-packed celebration of pop music and its ability to inspire and elate young people. But it was a fleeting, televised cutaway that summed up the night’s successful ability to heal factions by bringing them together: Just check out this Manchester officer dancing like no one’s watching with a bunch of adorable children.
On May 22, at a Grande concert in the same city, a suicide bomber attacked that carefree joy and murdered 22 civilians.
As Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Liam Gallagher, and more livestreamed in solidarity with the United Kingdom, the event went off without a hitch. Grande stunned as host, popping in every 20 minutes or so to perform a hit—and even a moving cover of “Over the Rainbow.”
Now if we could just figure out how to get those bickering Oasis brothers onstage…