Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Manchester on Anniversary of Concert Bombing: 'I Love You With All of Me'

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Ariana Grande performs onstage during The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

One year ago today (May 22) 22 people were killed at the singer's Manchester Arena show.

Ariana Grande paid tribute to the victims of last year's bombing at her Manchester Arena show with an emotional tweet early Tuesday morning (May 22). "Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day," she wrote just after midnight. 

One year ago today suicide bomber Salman Abedi pulled off the brazen bombing outside of Grande's show in the Arena as thousands of fans were streaming out of the May 22, 2017 concert, killing 22 and injuring more than 500. Grande returned to Manchester two weeks later to perform at an all-star fundraising concert.

According to CNN, the city will mark the day with a series of memorials, including a service at the Manchester cathedral and a musical tribute in the evening featuring the local school choir that performed with Grande at the One Love Concert and the Manchester Survivors Choir, made up of people who attended the concert that night. BBC News reported that the final half hour of the concert -- which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester -- will include versions of Grande's "One Last Time," Elbow's "One Day Like This," Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" and Take That's "Never Forget."

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William are expected at the cathedral service, in addition to families of the victims and injured and emergency responders; a minute of silence will be held at 2:30 p.m. local time and bells will ring at at the city center at 10:31 p.m., marking the exact time of the explosion.

May wrote a tribute to the victims and in praise of the city's resilience in the Manchester Evening News on Tuesday, saying, "Today my thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost on that terrible night, their loved ones who have so bravely battled to rebuild their lives; those who have courageously fought to overcome physical injury or mental scars; our first responders and emergency services and those volunteers and professionals who are continuing to help this community heal."

In another tribute, lyrics from inspiring songs chosen by the families of victims and Manchester citizens will be projected onto the facade of St. Ann's Church, St. Ann's Square and New Cathedral from dusk today through Saturday (May 26) in an homage dubbed "There is a Light," a reference to a song by the Manchester band The Smiths. Actress Gemma Atkinson (Night of the Living Dead), a Manchester native, posted an image of her hometown's symbol, the bumblebee, along with the message, "Stay strong our kid."

Grande, 24, who performed "No Tears Left to Cry" at Sunday night's (May 20) 2018 Billboard Music Awards, is prepping for the July 20 release of her anticipated fourth album, Sweetener. Speaking to TIME magazine this week the singer discussed the impact of the Manchester attack and how she has dealt with the aftermath. "When you’re handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?" she said. 

The album and its lead single "No Tears Left to Cry" represent resilience following Manchester attack, with the signature Manchester bee represented in the song's video. Though she preferred not to discuss the bombing in detail to avoid "giving it that much power," Grande told the magazine that she has been trying to make peace with the tragedy day-by-day, saying that, for now, "I'm happy. I'm crying, but I'm happy."


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