Country Artists React to Manchester Tragedy

Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts Martina McBride Offer Prayers

As the news of the tragedy in the U.K., just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, hit the U.S., country stars were among the first to send their prayers out to the victims and their families.

According to CNN, at least 22 people were killed in the attack, including children and the attacker.

The Greater Manchester Police are reporting that the explosion came from a male suicide bomber.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement saying it is monitoring the situation and that there could be increased security in public places and music events here at home.

Blake Shelton‏: “Just hearing about the explosions at the Arianna concert.. Praying for everybody!! Sick.”

Martina McBride: “Hard 2 find words.My thoughts and prayers are w/Manchester, the fans, victims, and families. I dont want 2 believe this can actually happen.”

Billy Ray Cyrus: “Thoughts and prayers for all who were at the @ArianaGrande concert tonight.”

Darius Rucker: “My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Manchester. I love that city. God bless you all!!”

Charles Kelley‏: “Thinking about all the victims at the Manchester concert attack. On a flight and heard about it just now. Praying for the families.”

Maddie & Tae: “Praying for everyone in Manchester tonight.. Absolutely heart breaking,”

Chris Young: “Terrifying to hear about everything in the U.K. at the Ariana concert… prayers to everyone there…”

Eli Young Band: “Absolutely heartbreaking to hear the news coming from #Manchester.Live music should be the escape from the madness. Let’s never forget that.”

Rascal Flatts: “Sending our thoughts and prayers out for @ArianaGrande and all of her fans tonight in Manchester U.K.”

Dan + Shay: “Concerts are supposed to be a place where people can go to escape the problems of this fucked up world. Thoughts and prayers. #Manchester.”

The Cadillac Three:
“Our thoughts are with our friends in Manchester, U.K. tonight”

Taylor Swift‏: “My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.