Ariana Grande is in line to receive a special gift from the city of Manchester
Over three weeks have now passed since the explosion at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead and rocked the city of Manchester.
Ten days ago, though, the singer came back. One Love Manchester was a concert organised by Grande to raise money for the victims of the attack. It featured performances from Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and many more.
Today, Manchester City Council announced that Grande will be given honorary citizenship to recognise the contributions she made to the city in the wake of the attack.
The honorary citizenship will be part of a new scheme that’s being proposed by the council to honour people outside Greater Manchester “who have made a significant contribution to the city”, according to a press release sent to Mashable. The proposals will be discussed on 12 July at the next full council meeting.
From the looks of the reactions on Twitter, the news has gone down very well.
Excellent. Can we extend that to the UK? She’s been an absolute treasure.
— Mr Flibble (@sheffieldspy) June 14, 2017
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy
contributions to the life and success of our city,” said Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese.
“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.”