Ariana Grande remembers Manchester bomb attack victims on first anniversary

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

The former is made up of people who were caught up the attack a year ago, while the latter saw their post-attack tribute - a version of Ariana Grande's My Everything - go viral and earn them the chance to perform with the star at the One Love Manchester concert.

The pop star tweeted early Tuesday morning that she was thinking of the survivors and the families of victims. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

In May 2017, Grande had finished her concert at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom when a terrorist detonated a bomb, killing 22 people and injuring more than 500 others.

Following the attack, Grande put on a benefit concert in Manchester for the families of those affected.

To mark the anniversary, scores of fans came together to hold a vigil, which saw them singing Ariana's latest single No Tears Left To Cry.

"You who were hurt or bereaved 12 months ago today are forever part of Manchester and forever part of us", he said.

Those inside the cathedral were joined by thousands more across the country in a minute's silence to remember those killed in the suicide bombing as they left the Manchester Arena.

At 2.30pm, the service paused for a minute's silence which was observed across Britain.

Families of the victims, the injured, emergency services and local and national leaders were joined by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, for a memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.

"That's why I did my best to react the way I did", Grande said.

"In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, and to remember with love before God those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever", said Manchester Cathedral dean Rogers Govender.

"We were very lucky, we know how lucky we are", he told Sky News.

Later, thousands of people - including a choir of attack survivors - gathered for a concert and sing-song in the city's Albert Square.

"Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world", she said.

Bells will ring at 10:31 p.m.at the city center in Manchester - the exact time of last year's bombing.

And thousands of members of the public have written messages of support on cardboard tags, attaching them to 28 "Trees of Hope" that form a trail from St Ann's Square to Victoria Station.