Recognizing a legend.
The City Council of Manchester wants Ariana Grande to be their first recipient of honorary citizenship for her courageous efforts to raise money for victims and their families affected by the terrorist attack that took place at her May 22 concert at the Manchester Arena by uniting the world with her One Love Manchester concert, the BBC reports. The council is proposing a new system that recognizes monumental contributions to the city, which would include honorary citizenship of Manchester.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese said many people would already consider Grande to be “an honorary Mancunian.”
He said: “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.”
He added Ariana had “exemplified this response”.
The council also has plans to hold an event later this year to highlight the “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit in the aftermath of the atrocity.”
One love. One Ari.