Ariana Grande returned to Manchester to perform at Manchester Pride marking the pop star’s return to the stage in the U.K. city two years after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.
Grande returned back to Manchester one month later to perform at One Love Manchester, a benefit concert for the victims. However, her performance at Manchester Pride is the first time the singer has returned since the benefit concert.
“Manchester holds a very special place in my heart,” Grande told the crowd at the Mayfield Depot on Sunday, according to the BBC. “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.”
She kicked off her 35-minute set with her single “No Tears Left to Cry,” which was the first song she released after the Manchester attack.
on our way to manchester pride. 🖤🖤🖤 love u so much. can’t wait to give u all our love. you’re my heart in every way. see u soon. 🌫— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 25, 2019