Ariana Grande is in line to receive honorary citizenship of Manchester for her “selfless act” following the tragic bomb attack, which left 22 people dead and several others injured.
In a recent report by BBC News, it has been revealed that the 23-year-old pop star is highly considered to be the first recipient of the prestigious award for spearheading the One Love Manchester concert on June 4. The star-studded event was organized to aid the victims of the Manchester terror attack during Ariana’s concert on May 22.
The honorary citizenship of Manchester is a new form of recognition intended to commemorate individuals with outstanding contributions to the city. According to reports, the Manchester City Council proposed the new system, which would include candidates who are from outside Greater Manchester given that they have a significant contribution to the city.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese reiterated that Ariana Grande is very much qualified to be “an honorary Mancunian.” He pointed out that the “Side to Side” singer responded to the terrible Manchester bomb attack in the most compassionate way.
The Manchester City Council also added that Ariana Grande’s initiative for organizing the One Love Manchester benefit concert brought the community together.
“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 had] exemplified this response.”
Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert was a massive success, raking in a whopping $12 million. Reports revealed that the concert drew over 50,000 people, all showed no sign of fear amid multiple terror attacks in the country.
The star-studded event featured the biggest names in the music industry today, including Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Robbie Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, Marcus Mumford, Katy Perry, and more.
According to reports,all proceeds from the benefit concert will be utilized to assist families and victims of the tragic Manchester attack.
Last week, Ariana Grande continued the European leg of her Dangerous Woman world tour in Paris, weeks after it was suspended due to the Manchester bomb attack. The concert took place at AccorHotels Arena where thousands of fans showed up to express their support for the singer.
According to reports, security was at its highest level during Ariana Grande’s concert. British police heavily guarded the surrounding area of the venue and even blocked off the road before the concert started.
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