Ariana Grande to be made honorary citizen of Manchester
Ariana Grande is about to become an official honorary citizen of Manchester.
In new plans by the council, the system will allow for people outside the English city who make an outstanding contribution to be given honorary citizenship.
This comes after Ariana Grande hosted One Love Manchester, a concert in aid of the victims of an attack on the prior gig in Manchester.
The attack killed 22 and injured more than 100. Her benefit concert raised more than £12 million ($15.3 million, €13.6 million).
According to the councils leader, Sir Richard Leese, many already consider Ariana Grande ‘an honorary Mancunian’.
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Leese explained the council’s decision to look at the new system as ‘This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city.’
Around 50,000 people went to the One Love Manchester gig.
Talking about the impact of the attack on the city, Leese 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.’