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Ariana Grande Visits Manchester Victims in Hospital Before Benefit Concert

Grande posted on Instagram about the visit, showing her chatting with a young girl in the hospital

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    Ariana Grande is lending her heart to fans in need.

    As the "Dangerous Woman" singer returned to England less than three weeks after the deadly attack at Manchester Arena for Sunday night's star-studded benefit concert, Grande stopped by the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to spend time with young girls injured in the bombing.

    Grande posted on Instagram about the visit, showing her chatting with a young girl in the hospital.

    The girl tweeted a photo of Grande kissing her on the forehead and wrote, "I got to meet my queen today."

     

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    The attack, which killed 22 and injured dozens more, prompted Grande to pen a powerful essay announcing the "One Love Manchester" concert, which will include performances from Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Little Mix and Robbie Williams.

    "I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me," Grande wrote. "Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before."

    "I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families," she added.

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    Tickets for the fundraising event sold out in less than six minutes, with approximately 45,000 jumping at the chance to give back to the victims and their families. Those who were at Grande's May 22 concert when the suicide bombing took place were offered free tickets; the remainder went on sale for $52.

    Extra safety precautions will be taken at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, with additional security checks and increased police presence.

    Shortly after the tragedy, Grande returned home to Boca Raton, Florida, to spend time with family and boyfriend Mac Miller.

    "One Love Manchester" airs Sunday, June 4, on ABC and Freeform in the U.S. It'll be live on Freeform at 2 p.m. ET and a one-hour highlight special will air on ABC after the NBA finals.

    The event is expected to bring in upwards of $3 million, which will benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.