One artist who was conspicuously missing from One Love Manchester, Sunday’s all-star benefit concert for victims of the May 22 terrorist bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, was Usher.
Usher was listed as a performer for the event along with Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and other artists in press material circulated before the event. He also helped promote the concert on social media. But Sunday came and went without an appearance by Usher.
He explained his absence today on Instagram, posting a photo from the show (seen below) along with the message: “So happy to see that last night’s concert in Manchester proved that love always prevails. 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 event reportedly raised more than $3 million for the bombing victims.
One Love Manchester (Usher Instagram post)