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Ariana Grande announces return to Manchester for all-star benefit concert

Ariana Grande will hold a benefit concert on Sunday for the victims of the Manchester suicide attack, her publicist has revealed. The singer will be joined by Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry at the charity event.

US popstar Ariana Grande will return Sunday to the city that was the target of an Islamist suicide attack last week.

Her publicist confirmed Tuesday that Grande would hold a concert in memory of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

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Grande will be joined by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Take That. The June 4 concert tickets will be offered free to fans who were at Grande's May 22 show targeted by Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born Islamist of Libyan descent.

The "One Love Manchester" show will be held at Old Trafford cricket stadium and proceeds will go to an emergency fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.

In a statement after the attack, Grande said "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."

Born in Florida in 1993, Ariana Grande's professional career already spans close to a decade - despite her young age. A child protege, Grande started appearing on Broadway when she was only 13 years old. She landed a major part in the Nickelodeon hit series "Victorious" soon after and was given her own spin-off show on the children's network. She later released her first album in 2013. 

shs/rt  (AFP, Reuters, AP)

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