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Ariana Grande to be Manchester's first honorary citizen

Ariana Grande is to become an honorary citizen of Manchester after organising a concert to raise funds for victims of the terror attack in the city.

Councillors met on Wednesday to agree to the distinction after the pop singer’s involvement in the quickly put-together One Love benefit concert, which raised money for the 22 people who died when a suicide bomb was detonated at her Manchester concert in May.

Putting forward the motion, council leader Sir Richard Leese called Grande “a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again”, the Guardian reports.

“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 and became the first patron of that fund. And that’s why I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester.”

The motion passed unanimously. Families of a number of the victims of the attack were sitting in the public gallery of the city’s town hall as it was passed, the Guardian reports.

Twenty-two people, including seven children, died when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device as concert-goers began leaving a show by the US singer at Manchester Arena on May 22.

The 23-year-old organised the charity concert at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. Other acts that performed included Coldplay, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry.

with AP

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