Ariana Grande to be made honorary citizen of Manchester

News 15/06/2017

Popstar Ariana Grande will become an honorary citizen of Manchester for her post-terrorist attack charity concert if a new council proposal is passed.

Twenty-two people died and many more were injured in the May 22 attack at Manchester Arena as Grande's concert came to a close. It left the American singer "broken".

Just weeks later, the One Love Manchester concert featured performances by Grande, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, the Black Eye Peas, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Liam Gallagher and Coldplay. The charity concert raised almost £3 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up for the victims.

The idea of the new honours system for those who've made an "outstanding contribution" to the city will go to a vote at the next full meeting of the Manchester City Council next month. If successful, Grande will be the first recipient.

Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said it was 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.

"Ariana Grande exemplified this response. I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and we would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official," he said.

Around 50,000 attended the charity concert at Old Trafford. Those who were at the May 22 concert were given free tickets.

The council also confirmed there'd be an event held later in the year for the "great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit" in the wake of the attack.