Ariana Grande to be an honorary citizen of Manchester
US singer Ariana Grande is to be made the first-ever honorary citizen of Manchester. The accolade comes after she helped raise £3m for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
Twenty-two people, including seven children, died when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at Grande’s concert on 22 May. The device was detonated as concert-goers began leaving her show at the Manchester Arena.
The 23-year-old is to be recognised for her efforts in organising the One Love charity concert at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. The venue is where Grande returned to the city to perform a concert for the victims. The show featured Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Liam Gallagher. Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry.
Manchester City Council is looking to recognise those who have made contributions to the city.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions”, Sir Richard Leese said.
The Manchester Council leader was speaking about those who contribute towards the life and success of Manchester.
He outlined how Manchester is “incredibly proud” of the “resilient and compassionate” people have responded to the attack. Sir Leese commended the “love and courage rather than hatred and fear” approach that people have chosen.
The US pop star exemplified the “resilient and compassionate” way the city had responded to the terror atrocity that claimed 22 lives and injured 220 others last month, council leaders said.
The accolade came as town hall officials announced plans for an event to recognise the “great many selfless acts” in the aftermath of the attack.