Ariana Grande 'moved' to become first honorary citizen of Manchester


The City of Manchester has issued an honorary citizenship to the Dangerous Woman singer to thank her for her efforts in healing the city after the terror attack in May.

Following the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena in May, Ariana organized the One Love Manchester concert two weeks later, to commemorate the lives that were lost that night.

The One Love Manchester concert, which broke viewing records for 2017, was organised by Grande and her manager, Scooter Braun. "My heart is still very much there". Instead, she returned to the city, met with victims, and put on a spectacular performance that sent a message of solidarity and strength.

Taking to her social media accounts on Thursday (13Jul17), Ariana added a photo of Manchester City Council's decision to grant her citizen status, and shared her heartfelt joy. Leese said Ari "brought comfort to thousands and raised millions" with the move.

More news: Ruling on ill British baby 'open to change'

With this, the officials of Manchester Town Hall admired Grande for showcasing the spirit of community and doing selfless acts.

Twenty-two people, including seven children, died when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device as concert-goers began leaving a show by the U.S. singer at Manchester Arena on May 22. "I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian".

She raised more than $13 million by throwing a powerful tribute concert for the victims' families - which saw the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Liam Gallagher perform for the good cause. "Ariana Grande exemplified this response", Leese wrote in a statement, according to ABC News.

"Well deserved! You did a lot to bring a handsome city together after such a tragedy".