Ariana Grande made honorary citizen of Manchester
Following her benefit concert for the victims and families of the Manchester Arena bombing on May 22, the city of Manchester has made Ariana Grande its first honorary citizen.
"It would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again. But no, instead she, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform. In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund," said Council leader Richard Leese ahead of the vote, which was unanimous.
The plans to make the 24-year-old pop star an honorary citizen came last month following her One Love manchester benefit concert for the victims of the the terror attack that killed 22 of her fans at her Dangerous Woman tour stop.
"This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our 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. Ariana Grande exemplified this response. I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian."
Honorary citizenship is one of the highest honors a city can give.
"I don't know what to say," Grande wrote on Instagram. "Words don't suffice. I'm moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you."
I don't know what to say. Words don't suffice.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 13, 2017
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