For her contribution in raising millions of pounds for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, American singer and actress, Ariana Grande is being rewarded with an honorary citizenship, making her the first honorary citizen of Manchester.
Sir Richard Leese, the leader of 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,” he added.
“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.”
However, the 23-year-old singer helped to raise nearly £3 million when she returned to Manchester to perform a star-studded benefit concert at Old Trafford cricket ground. This happened thirteen days after the suicide bombing, which struck at the end of her “Dangerous Woman” concert at Manchester Arena, leaving a total of 22 people, including children, dead on May 22. She also visited a number of injured children in hospital earlier this month. Moreover, Grande’s label – Universal Music Group, donated $500,000 to the fund.