Usher Raymond had a good reason for missing the One Love Manchester concert at the Manchester Arena on Sunday. The event was held in honor of the 22 victims who lost their lives during a recent terror attack in the city that was aimed at an Ariana Grande concert.

“So happy to see that last night’s concert in Manchester proved that love always prevails,” Usher said of the event online. The celebrity father went on to tell fans, “I would have loved to be there but It was my son’s first day at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes. This was an important day for him and for myself as a proud father. Stay strong, UK.”



The United Kingdom was devastated when more than two dozen Ariana Grande fans, many of which were children, were killed by a suicide bomber who aimed to disrupt the concert two weeks ago. Ariana Grande was one of many performers at Sunday’s charity event that raised upwards of $10 million for the victims. The singer rendered a touching version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ that moved many to tears.

“We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world. We will bring our voices together and sing loudly,” Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, said prior to Sunday’s benefit concert. “All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show,” he added.

Check out Ariana Grande’s stellar performance of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ below!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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