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Ariana Grande to receive honorary citizenship of Manchester

The singer organised a benefit concert for the victims of the bomb attack at her concert in the city on 22 May.

Grande performing at the One Love Manchester concert
Grande performing at the One Love Manchester concert
Image: Dave Hogan for One Love Manchest/PA Wire/PA Images

ARIANA GRANDE IS set to receive honorary citizenship of Manchester under plans put forward by the city council.

A new system to recognise outstanding contributions to the city has been proposed, with Grande expected to be the first recipient.

The US singer organised a benefit concert for the victims of the suicide bomb attack at her concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May, in which 22 people were killed and dozens more injured.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC News many people already consider Grande to be “an honorary Mancunian” after her repsonse to the tragedy.

“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city.

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.

Leese said Grande had “exemplified this response”.

About 50,000 people attended the One Love Manchester concert at Old Trafford on 4 June, raising almost £3 million (€3.4 million) for victims and their families.

Read: Ariana Grande and 50,000 fans come together for star-studded Manchester concert

Read: Ariana Grande visits injured fans in hospital

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