By Madelyn Chung
Date June 14, 2017
Ariana Grande is set to become an honorary citizen of Manchester following her “many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit” after the May 22nd terror attack which targeted the singer’s Dangerous Woman tour in the city and left 22 people dead.
The distinction, which BBC reports is a first of its kind, is part of a new system proposed by city council to recognize outstanding contributions to the city.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” said Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese, adding Grande is already considered an “honorary Mancunian.”
“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 the 23-year-old songstress “exemplified” this response through her organization of the celeb-filled “One Love” benefit concert in support of the victims of the attack. The show, which featured artists such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Chris Martin, was livestreamed across the world, and raised over $3 million for the Red Cross. Photography by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester
Additionally, a day before the concert, the “Problem” songstress made a surprise visit to Royal Manchester’s Children’s Hospital to see fans who were injured during the attack.
So far, Grande has yet to respond to her distinction, though we’re sure we’ll be hearing something soon.
Photography by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester