Musicians react to explosion at Ariana Grande Manchester Arena concert
Performers from around the world have begun reacting to news of a deadly explosion at Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena in the UK.
Grande had finished her performance, part of her Dangerous Woman tour, and patrons had begun leaving when the explosions occurred leaving as many as 22 people dead and 59 injured.
Her Manchester performance was the 43rd of a 71-date tour which is due to arrive in New Zealand in September. Some dates on the tour have been postponed indefinitely.
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Prior to her Manchester show she had performed in Dublin, Ireland, posting on Instagram and Twitter about her experience there.
She took to Twitter to express her shock, saying she was "so so sorry".
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
As news of the incident began breaking around the world, other performers expressed their shock and grief and their concern for Grande and her fans at the show.
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
New Zealand singer Lorde said she the attack was "a worst nightmare".
Her mother Sonja Yelich also took to social media, saying she was "overwhelmed" by the "horrific" act of violence.
sitting in my room in London watching the BBC with tears streaming down my face so overwhelmed by this horrific act of violence #Manchester— Sonja Yelich (@sonjayelich1) May 23, 2017
Liam Gallagher, formally of Oasis, is one of Manchester's most famous singers, and said he was "devastated".
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
Fellow Manchester musician Johnny Marr had a short and simple tribute: "Manchester stands together".
Manchester stands together.— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 23, 2017
Nicki Minaj, who appeared on Grande's 2016 hit Side to Side, was among the first musicians to post on Twitter.
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Fellow US pop star Demi Lovato said she was upset imagining concert-goers losing their lives.
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
As further details emerged more performers and celebrities expressed their feelings on Twitter.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
This story is so sad and so scary. Sending all my love to Manchester.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 23, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
manchester. all our thoughts and prayers are with you. this is so tragic.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) May 23, 2017
What happened in Manchester is beyond comprehension. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 23, 2017
what happened in Manchester tonight is absolutely horrible. sending my love and prayers to those affected. 💔— Kendall (@KendallJenner) May 23, 2017
Wow wow wow I'm in disbelief. all of my prayers to Manchester.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 23, 2017
heartbroken by what has happened in Manchester... stay strong and I'm praying for all of you— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
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