During her performance Sunday at the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Katy Perry gave an emotional speech to the crowd of 60,000 people.
“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it? Especially in moments like these, right? It can be the most difficult thing to do. But love conquers fear, love conquers hate,” she said. “And this love that you choose will give you strength. It’s our greatest power.”
Then, she asked the crowd to participate in a “little exercise in love.” She explained, “Just touch the next person, touch a person next to you. Make human contact. Tell them ‘I love you.’ Look in their eyes. Say ‘I love you.’ Do it. Everyone out there, everyone at home. I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”
Katy wore a white dress decorated with photos of the victims from the May 22 Manchester attack. She performed “Roar” as well as a stripped-down version of “Part of Me.”
The 3-hour show also featured appearances from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and more.
Dozens of celebrities performed at the benefit, raising nearly $3.5 million according to the British Red Cross. Sunday’s event brings the total dollar amount raised to more than $12 million.
All profits will benefit the Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund was created by the Red Cross and the Manchester City Council following the bombing.