Ariana Grande is first in line to receive honorary Mancunian status.
It’s a new system designed by the Manchester City Council in order to honor outstanding contributions to their city from people who aren’t necessarily from there. The US singer is planned to be the first recipient for the new title after she organized her One Love Manchester concert to aid victims of the Manchester terror attack on her previous concert, where 22 people lost their lives.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of the Manchester City Council, said that he believed many in Manchester already consider Ariana 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…[Ariana Grande] exemplified this response.” – Sir Richard Leese.
Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was attended by over 50,000 people, and raised almost £3m for the victims of the Manchester terror attack. Watch her performance of “One Last Time” in the video below…it’s truly stunning.