Ariana Grande Sings “Bang Bang” at Benefit Concert, Unsettles Crowd
Manchester, England – Pop superstar, Ariana Grande, returned to the stage Sunday in Manchester, England, for a concert to raise money for victims of a suicide bombing that struck at the end of her last show nearly two weeks ago. The May 22 attack at Grande’s Manchester concert killed 22 and wounded dozens more. Grande vowed to return to the city saying, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win […] Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
Sunday’s “One Love Manchester” concert was held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground and came just a day after Islamic extremists launched a violent attack in London, killing seven people and wounding many others.
This concert hosted a star-studded lineup, including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Niall Horan. An emotional Grande kicked off the show with her hit song “Side to Side“. The crowd belted out the song and rhythmically swayed back and forth with the lyrics. Then Grande made one of the greatest mistakes of her career.
She started to perform her Grammy-nominated song, “Bang Bang” and was immediately met with displays of confusion. The audience quickly turned on the young artist, booing her off stage mid-song. The following lyrics simply did not play well to the already anxious listeners: “Bang bang into the room (I know ya want it)…Bang bang all over you (I’ll let ya have it)”.
Visibly shaken, Grande was escorted out of the stadium as a wave of people flooded the exits. Roughly half of the spectators remained by the time Katy Perry took the stage. The rest of the concert would go on without a hitch however, and Justin Bieber ended the emotional day with a moving rendition of Michael Jackson’s “We are the World“.
“Seems a little insensitive, in an ironic kind of way, doesn’t it? I mean they literally fired off pyrotechnics as she sang ‘bang’ “, said Anne Cullen, 24, and Manchester native. “I wonder if she will try again for another concert”.
Ariana Grande has yet to comment on the situation.