Ariana Grande to be made an honorary Mancunian

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester concert
Under a new city council scheme, singer Ariana Grande will be given honorary citizenship of Manchester. 

Grande will receive the honour for helping to raise millions of pounds for victims of the Manchester attack with the One Love Manchester concert.

The concert was set-up in response to the terror attack that claimed 22 lives and injured 220 others in May.

The accolade will be bestowed upon Grande after officials announced plans to hold an event recognising the ‘demonstrations of community spirit’ since the attack on May 22.

Grande helped to raise almost £3 million when she returned to Manchester for the star-studded One Love concert. The pop-star was joined by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Take That.

Honorary citizenship is the highest honour that a city can give, apart from freedom of the city. The scheme is part of plans for a new system to recognise those outside of Manchester who have made outstanding contributions to the city.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of the Manchester city council, said:

“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 May 22 – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear.”

On Grande’s contribution, Leese said: “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.”

Grande has since resumed her Dangerous Woman Tour in Europe.

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