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A Powerful Moment Of Silence For Paris Victims At Madonna's Concert

The crowd of more than 40,000 was absolutely quiet during a powerful moment of silence.

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Madonna interrupted her concert in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday night with a powerful speech addressing Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

"It's been very hard for me to get through this show up to this point and not forget about what happened last night," she told the audience.

"So, I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy," she said. "The tragic killings, assassinations, and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred last night in Paris."

"It's disturbed me all day," she continued. "And it's been really hard to get through the show because in many ways I feel torn like why am I up hearing dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?"


She noted that the attacks targeted places of enjoyment — a restaurant, concert venue, a sports match.

"I was going to cancel my show tonight but then I thought to myself why should I give that to them," she said. "Why should I allow them to stop me and stop us from enjoying freedom?"

She asked for a moment of silence to pray for the victims of the attacks. There was not a sound to be heard in the crowd of more than 40,000.

Madonna then broke down in tears just before inviting the audience to sing "Like a Prayer" for the victims of Friday's attacks.

Madonna isn't the only performer to be moved by the attacks. U2 canceled a live concert special that was scheduled to be filmed for HBO in Paris on Saturday night. The band later placed flowers at a memorial for victims in the French capital.

Additionally, the Foo Fighters also canceled the rest of their European tour dates, which included a stop in Paris on Monday, Nov. 16.

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