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Why Ariana Grande's Return to Manchester for Pride Was Met With Backlash

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: Singer Ariana Grande attends the Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 06, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard )
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Ariana Grande returned to Manchester this past weekend, marking her second visit to the city after the devastating bombing attack at her concert in May 2017. The singer was invited as the headliner for Manchester Pride and, understandably, gave a heartfelt performance.

However, Grande's performance left several fans angry, according to Cosmopolitan. Because of understandably tight security, ticket-holders were reportedly not allowed entry after 7 p.m. Some fans even said that they left to use the bathroom and were not allowed back in. Others claimed on social media that the inflated cost of the event counteracted what Pride was all about.

Manchester Pride did say that they clarified the strict entry time on Twitter, but people complained it wasn't clear enough.

In addition to the strict entry time, fans were disappointed with how short Ariana's performance was. She came on stage at 10:25 p.m. and was finished by 11 p.m. Fans felt that a 35-minute performance did not justify the cost of their tickets.

Even though her performance was short, Grande paused several times during her set to acknowledge what had happened in Manchester just over two years ago. She said to the crowd, "I just wanted to take a second to thank y'all so much for having me here tonight. For so many reasons."

Grande has not responded to the backlash.