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Manchester Explosions at Ariana Grande Concert: Country Stars React

"Can't find the right words, just sadness. Prayers are with Manchester," wrote Brad Paisley, with many others echoing his sentiment.

Manchester Explosions at Ariana Grande Concert: Country Stars React
Ariana Grande; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records

As working adults in the United States were heading home from work on Monday night (5/22), news was breaking across the pond of a serious attack after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. Several explosions were reported at the conclusion of the show leaving 22 dead and many more seriously injured. Since initial reports, Manchester Police revealed the attacks likely came from a lone suicide bomber who detonated a device in the Arena Foyer at the conclusion of Grande’s concert.

“The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert,” said Queen Elizabeth in a statement. “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”

As news began to spread late Monday evening, many country artists began extending their condolences over the attack, as it clearly struck very close to home. All of them spend much of their year performing for fans in arenas much like Manchester’s, with many of them including the United Kingdom in their tour dates.

Ariana Grande is slated to perform in London’s O2 Arena on Thursday (5/25). No word on whether or not that performance will still go on as scheduled.

For those looking to contact a missing person, use the number provided by the Manchester Police department, seen below.

See the reactions from country stars below…