Ariana Grande has officially been made an honorary citizen of Manchester in the wake of the benefit concert she staged following the deadly May 22nd bombing outside her concert there in May. In a statement, Sir Richard Leese, leader of the Manchester City Council, said, "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." He added that Ariana has "exemplified this response," and continued, "I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and will be delighted, now the Council has approved the proposal, to make it official."
During the vote, Leese described Ariana as "a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she had never wanted to see [Manchester] again. But no - instead, she as an artist…determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform."
"In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands," Leese continued. "She raised millions for We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and became the first patron of that fund. And that's why this morning, I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the City of Manchester."