WILL.I.AM has hit back at criticism after doing a shout out to London not once but twice at the One Love Manchester benefit concert last night.
The 42-year-old came on-stage and his first words to the crowd baffled his audience, when he shouted: "What's up London!"
But when a barrage of Twitter comments called him out on the obvious mistake, The Voice judge hastily responded.
Will.i.am got criticism for mentioning London twice at the One Love Manchester concert
Ariana Grande and will.i.am sang together at the poignant event
The Black Eyed Peas singer shouted out to London twice
We're showing love to Manchester and London right now, put your hands in the air in the name of love
He tweeted: "There was an attack in London last night… I was paying homage and showing love to London and Manchester…#UKlove #whereISthelove truly?"
One off-kilter shout-out wasn't enough for the American musician who also thanked the London police during his performance. But he once again explained his remarks as being down to "love" too.
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"That's not awkward that's love… I also thanked the police in Manchester and both Mayors… everyone needs love during attacks of hate," he said.
One twitter user agreed with will.i.am's choice: "Seriously how could people not get that you were referring to both London and Manchester as both cities suffered from the attacks…"
One Love Manchester concert Mon, June 5, 2017
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Ariana Grande performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert
will.i.am insisted his shout-outs were for love and not awkward
The singer said he was trying to pay homage to London
And one person actually thanked the star for speaking up for London after the terror attack at London Bridge. The fan said: "Thank you for being the first person to mention London at tonight's concert #oneloveuk #nofear #onelovemanchester."
will.i.am performed the classic Black Eyed Peas song Where is the Love with the rest of his band members, asking the crowd to raise one finger and show solidarity to the nation.
"We're showing love to Manchester and London right now, put your hands in the air in the name of love.
"Manchester, London, we are here and we are together and we are one. Put one finger in the air if you're about oneness and togetherness," he said.
Set up by Ariana Grande, who returned to fans on-stage in tears after her concert on May 22, the One Love Manchester event saw stars such as Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Take That and Katy Perry coming together to raise money for those affected.