Ariana Grande reveals why she chose to sing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ at One Love Manchester

The singer reflects on the concert one year on

Ariana Grande has revealed why she chose to sing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ during last year’s One Love Manchester concert.

The pop star’s concert at Manchester Arena last May saw a suicide bomber detonate a homemade bomb as people were leaving the show, killing 22 and injuring 59.

In the wake of the event, Grande organised the One Love Manchester concert, which saw performances from Coldplay, Liam Gallagher and Justin Bieber.


Towards the end of the concert, Grande performed an emotional rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’ accompanied only by a piano.

Grande has revealed that the song is her grandpa’s favorite, adding that she would sing it to him at home when she was younger. “He would always tell me to sing it in my concerts. He would always say, ‘You know what you should end with? ‘Over the Rainbow’. And I never did it until that moment,” she told The Fader.

“When I was getting ready to do it, I was thinking about him and I felt his presence so heavily around me,” she continued. “He was the person I was closest to in my life. He was everything I wanted to be: as a businessman, as a gentleman, as a human being, as a friend, everything. He was just perfect to me.”

She explains that she broke down during the song because “all of those people were able to turn something that represented the most heinous of humanity into something beautiful and unifying and loving.” You can read the full interview here.

Last week, Grande shared a photo of her tattoo honouring Manchester. The new ink depicts a worker bee – a symbol of the city in the wake of the attack, appearing on banners, posters, and items sold to raise money for victims.