Ariana Grande has opened up recently about how she has been affected by the suicide bombing that took place at one of her concerts at Manchester Arena previous year, killing 23 people including the bomber himself.
Following the violent attack, Miz Grande not only visited with victims in hospitals, but also oversaw the One Love Manchester benefit concert. "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", she wrote along with a worker bee emoticon which is widely used to represent the city as a symbol of industry.
On May 22 a year ago, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.
Music plays such an important part in Manchester's identity that it was only right and proper that the council chose to mark the anniversary of the Arena attack with a mass singalong.
Ariana Grande will NEVER forget the tragedy that occurred during the Manchester Arena bombing. Twenty-two concertgoers were killed, and police say more than 800 people were left "with physical and deep psychological injuries".
It seems the song continues to provide strength for the city, as the crowd sang during tonight's Albert Square gathering.
Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann's Square.
Leaders of the catholic and protestant churches, as well as figures from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim and Humanist communities also read at the service.
On the altar stood 22 lighted candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left at St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack. He shared a Bible reading during the memorial service; the passage from the First Epistle to the Corinthians was read at the funeral of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, some 20 years ago.
Speaking after the service, Mr Potter said: "It brought a lot of memories back, but it was somewhere we had to come to support the families who have lost people".
"We were very lucky, we know how lucky we are", he told Sky News.
The two-hour event saw the choirs sing versions of many popular songs, including Labi Siffre's Something Inside So Strong, Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, Emile Sande's Wonder, Clean Bandit's Symphony and Coldplay's Fix You.
Daren Buckley, who is in Manchester Survivors' Choir, said he had found comfort in singing, but that his recovery was far from complete.
Take That's Never Forget followed as members of the crowd embraced and held their hands in the air - before The Beatles' All You Need Is Love rounded things off. An investigation into the attack continues, with about 100 investigators still working on the case, according to the police.