Ariana Grande paid tribute to the city of Manchester on her Instagram story on Wednesday (May 22) with a simple image: a bee. The insect has is a symbol of unity for the city and Grande got a tattoo of the worker bee a year after the May 2017 terror attack after her concert at Manchester Arena that killed 23 fans and injured more than 100 others.
With no commentary, the post was a poignant reminder of one of the darkest times in the singer's life. Grande, who hosted a star-studded fundraiser for the victims and families of the bombing during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at the Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester which included appearances by Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry and many more. The event raises $23 million for victims and their families.
— Hits Manchester News (@hitsmcrnews) May 22, 2019
The singer's mother, Joan, posted her own tribute to the city on Wednesday as well, writing, "All my love Manchester, today and eveyrday… you are with me always, in my heart and in my mind. To ALL of you who have suffered and still stuff from tremendous loss, trauma or devastating injury.."
All my love Manchester, today and everyday… you are with me always, in my heart and in my mind. To ALL of you who have suffered and still suffer from tremendous loss, trauma or devastating injury.. I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever. #OneLove
— Joan Grande (@joangrande) May 22, 2019
Grande is returning to Manchester in August to headline the city's Pride Festival, which will be the first time she will play the city since the One Love show.