Singer Ariana Grande made honorary citizen of ManchesterJuly 13, 2017 19:59
Singer Ariana Grande has been made an honorary citizen of Manchester after organising 'One Love' concert to raise funds for victims of the May 22 terrorist attack in the British city.
The pop sensation helped raise over 2.5 million euros when she returned to the UK to play a charity gig, just 13 days after the suicide bombing, which struck at her Dangerous Woman gig at Manchester Arena.
Grande shared the news on Instagram, saying she was honoured by the UK government's gesture.
"I don't know what to say. Words don't suffice. I'm moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you," she wrote alongside a note.
The council leader, Sir Richard Leese, put forward the motion and described the 23-year-old singer as "a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again."
He added, "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."