Taylor Swift Honors 2017 Manchester Bombing Victims: ‘You Have Such Incredible Resilience’
On Friday (June 8), Taylor Swift paused her show at Manchester's Etihad Stadium to deliver a speech honoring those who suffered and lost their lives to the bombing that took place at Manchester Arena last year.
“You’ve shown that you’re never gonna let anyone forget about those victims,” the "End Game" performer started her speech. “And you’ve shown that you have such incredible resilience to keep dancing and to keep the innocence and to keep the joy and to keep the excitement.”
“I just want to say, Manchester: It is such an honor to play for you tonight,” Swift appended, before resuming her set with an acoustic rendition of her record “Dancing with Our Hands Tied.”
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber, later identified as 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, detonated an explosive at Manchester Arena after Ariana Grande's concert appearance, killing 23 people and up to 800 more injured. It is the deadliest terrorist attack and the first suicide bombing in Britain since the London bombings of July 2005.
On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the "Light Is Coming" songbird shared an encouraging message of hope, writing on Twitter, "Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."
In the music video for her song "No Tears Left to Cry," Grande honors the Manchester bombing victims with an emoji of a bee as a symbol of pride for the city. Earlier this year, the pop star also got a bee tattoo inked behind her left ear, likely as an homage to the bombing victims as well.