Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, UK for the first time since doing her One Love Manchester benefit concert in 2017 and the singer was feeling “overwhelmed.”
As the headlining act at Manchester Pride on Sunday, August 25, Grande performed a 35-minute set which is a shortened version of her set for the Sweetener World Tour.
The “Boyfriend” singer is currently on the European leg of her tour and although she performed three sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena, she was still feeling nervous. “Manchester holds a very special place in my heart,” Grande told the crowd. “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.”WENN.com
The 25-year-old opened with “No Tears Left to Cry,” which is the first song she released following the Manchester Arena tragedy in May 2017. She performed several songs from her recent albums before closing her set with “One Last Time” from her My Everything album. The song has been has been kept off the Sweetener World Tour setlist, assuming it’s tough for Grande to sing as the song has been used as sort of an anthem since a terrorist detonated a homemade bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena after her May 22, 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour show. The tragedy left 22 people dead and over 130 people injured, more than half of them children.
Speaking to British Vogue last year, Grande confessed, “It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”