Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Marc Sethi • May 24, 2017
U2, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus and other musicians are paying tribute to the victims of Monday night's horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, England, which left 22 people dead and many more injured. The bombing occurred after an Ariana Grande concert at the entrance of Manchester Arena, a venue many musicians have played on world tours.
On Tuesday night, U2 visited Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they did a surprise performance of "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For." During a sit-down with Kimmel, they expanded on the hatred of ISIS, who claimed responsibility for the attack.
"They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls," Bono said. "They hate everything that we love. And, you know, the worst of humanity was on view in Manchester last night. And so was the best, as people took perfect strangers into their hands and queued up for blood banks. Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you."
On The Voice, Cyrus dedicated her performance of "Malibu" to the victims, saying, “I’d like to dedicate this song to my good friend Ariana Grande and everyone who experienced that horrific attack yesterday. Our hearts are with you.”
Harry Styles switched up his whole concert in Mexico City, opting to go acoustic instead of doing a full electric set. But before he started playing anything from his recently released self-titled solo debut, he spoke to the crowd.
“When I booked this show, I wanted to celebrate with you guys,” Styles told Mexico City. “I’ve played some of my favorite shows in Mexico, and it felt right to come and celebrate with you, but tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night, there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.”
“I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester,” Styles said. “We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day.”
Styles also led the eager audience through a moment of silence before moving on with the show.
Everyone from Taylor Swift to John Legend have been vocal about the terrorist attack, sending thoughts and concolences across the globe to those affected in England.