Ariana Grande will become an honorary citizen of Manchester, under new plans put forward by the local council to recognize outstanding contributions to the city.
The singer would be the first recipient of the honor for organizing the One Love tribute concert. Held on June 4th, the charity gig saw major stars such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, Ariana herself and many more perform to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attack at her May 22nd concert.
The event was attended by around 50,000 people, and watched by many more around the world, eventually raising around $3 million for victims of the attack.
Prior to the concert, Ariana visited injured fans recovering at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese said that many already see the singer as “an honorary Mancunian.”
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” he 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, stating that Ariana had “exemplified this response.”
The council also announced plans for an event to recognize the “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit in the aftermath of the atrocity.”
This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia.
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