Ariana Grande is set to receive an honorary citizenship of Manchester – the first of its kind – in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the city.
The pop star will be rewarded for her strength, courage, and resilience following the tragic terrorist attack that took place after one of her concerts in Manchester on May 22.
The tribute concert she hosted on June 4 at Manchester’s Old Trafford was attended by an estimated 55,000 million people and included performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, among others.
It raised over £3 million for the victims and their families.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” said Manchester council leader Sir Richard Leese, who added that he and the rest of the city already regarded the pop star as an honorary Mancunian.
“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.”
We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Ariana Grande for staying strong for your fans and raising such an incredible amount of money for the victims.