Ariana Grande will be the first person named as an honorary citizen of Manchester following the singer’s “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit” in the aftermath of the city’s May 22nd terror attack.
Grande’s One Love benefit concert honored the lives of the 22 people who died in the Manchester terror attack after her concert. Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are just a few of the other acts that performed during the June 4th One Love concert. A whopping 50,000 people attended and it was the UK’s most-viewed TV show of the year, with 14.5 million viewers. The benefit raised more than $12 million for bombing victims and their families. Grande also visited fans in the hospital prior to the concert.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” council leader Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese said in a statement. “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.”
The Manchester Arena will remain closed until early September as it continues to undergo extensive repairs.
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