Ariana Grande will be the first person named as an honorary citizen of Manchester following the singer’s “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit” in the aftermath of the city’s May 22nd terror attack.
Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese said, “This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city.”
The noteworthy contribution(s) that Sir Richard Leese was referring to was Grande’s mobilization of superstars to create the One Love Manchester benefit concert shortly after the bombing, which raised millions of dollars for those who were and still are affected by the attack. At the show itself, Ariana performed a number of sets, teaming up with Miley Cyrus and the Black Eyed Peas.
In addition to the concert, Grande also visited injured fans in the hospital prior to the benefit concert.
Grande’s honorary citizenship is part of a larger plan by the city council to update their system in which non-citizens are honored for their contributions to Manchester. The highest civilian honor will remain the “freedom of the city,” which has only been awarded four times since 2000.