Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert may have come into existence under awful circumstances, but the enormous, one-night event was able to strike a positive chord for the citizens and music fans who live there. It now appears that the city of Manchester has acknowledged Grande's efforts in healing their community by welcoming her to become their first honorary citizen, The Guardian reports.
Grande’s efforts in helping to get Manchester back on its feet following the attacks at her May 22 concert, would end up in raising over £3m for victims and their families. Her One Love Manchester concert was streamed live around the world, and welcomed fellow pop stars including Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and even the reclusive Oasis singer Liam Gallagher to perform.
“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese said the city's decision to honor the pop singer. “Ariana Grande exemplified this response. I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and we would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official.”
According to the report, Honorary citizenship is the highest honor a city can give apart from the rarely awarded freedom of the city, which has only been awarded four times since 2000.