Ariana Grande is set to become Manchester’s first honorary citizen for her “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit” following the May 22 terror attack that took place just after her performance at Manchester Arena. Her bravery in the face of fear and her call for love and coming together has prompted Manchester’s city council to propose a new system that would honor and recognize non-citizens for their contributions to the city and community.
"This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC News. "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 and we would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official.”
Following the terror attack that killed 22 people and injured dozens more, many of whom were children, Grande returned to the city to visit victims in the hospital and hold a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the attack. One Love Manchester, held on June 4 at Old Trafford, just 13 days after the event, boasted a roster of many famous names, including Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, and Niall Horan. More than 50,000 attended the benefit, including those who had attended the Dangerous Woman concert.
One Love Manchester managed to raise more than $2.6 million in donations from people across the world for a special Red Cross fund meant for victims of the terror attack.