Ariana Grande is set to make history yet again by being awarded the first ever honorary citizenship of Manchester.
Under plans put forward by the city council, the US singer is in line to be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the city following the organisation of the One Love Manchester concert. More than 50, 000 people attended the show at Old Trafford on 4 June, and millions more watched a live stream of the event at home.
The £3million raised during the show went directly to aid the victims of the suicide bomb that killed 22 people at her headline show at Manchester Arena the week before.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese said many already considered Grande to be”an honorary Mancunian”.
“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.”
Grande had “exemplified this response”, he added.
The council also announced plans to hold a further event later this year to celebrate the “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit in the aftermath of the atrocity”.