Ariana Grande will be the first person to be named an honorary citizen of Manchester, to mark her “selfless acts” after organizing a concert to raise funds for victims of the terror attack in the city.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” Sir Richard Leese, city council leader of Manchester city said.
“We’ve all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May, with love and courage rather than hatred and fear,” he added. “Ariana Grande exemplified this response. I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official.”
On May 22, just 13 days after the terror attack that killed 22 people at Manchester Arena during Grande’s concert, the pop star returned to the city to stage the One Love Manchester concert. The show saw Grande team with Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and other celebrities.
The charity concert raised $2.6 million in donations for a special fund to help victims of the terrorist attack. Grande also visited fans in the hospital prior to the concert.