Music stars cancel concerts after Paris attacks; Madonna carries on

Madonna performs on stage in Cologne, western Germany, on Nov 4, 2015.
Madonna performs on stage in Cologne, western Germany, on Nov 4, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (Reuters) -  Music stars including Prince and band U2 have cancelled concerts after the Paris shootings last Friday.

But pop musician Madonna, however, carried on, and paid tribute to the victims of Friday's attacks in Paris at a concert in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday (Nov 14). 

A video posted to YouTube shows the musician, who is currently taking part in her Rebel Heart Tour, declaring how she found it difficult to take her mind off the events in Paris which saw heavily armed militants kill 129 people and injure 352 in attacks at a concert hall, bars and a stadium. 

But Madonna showed defiance against the attackers and declared that she changed her mind about cancelling her show. 

The pop star, who is one of the top-selling musicians of all time, then led the audience in a moment's silence for the Paris victims. 

In tears, Madonna then proceeded to perform one of her best known tracks Like A Prayer.