Ariana Grande is set to receive an honorary citizenship of Manchester under a new initiative put forward by the U.K. city's council. The singer, who returned to Manchester to put on a charity concert in honour of the twenty two citizens who who lost their lives in the Manchester Attacks in May, will be honoured for her contribution to the city.
Council leader, Sir Richard Lesse, said the city already considers Grande to be an “honorary Mancunian”. He continued: “This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city.”
“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.”
Grande was the headline act at the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday, June 4th. The benefit show was organised by the pop star, along with her manager Scooter Braun. It included appearances from Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and more. 50,000 people attended the concert, hosted at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium. The show raised almost £3 million for the victims of the attack.