Ariana Grande to become an honorary citizen of Manchester

The council pays tribute to the American star for organising the One Love concert in the wake of the terrorist attack at her show in the city

Manchester city council will make Ariana Grande an honorary citizen of the city for her efforts in organising the One Love benefit concert.

The hastily organised gig, which was hosted by Grande to mark the lives of the 22 people who died in the terror attack at the star’s concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May, featured some of the world’s biggest acts including Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

Following Grande’s triumphant show of unity, Manchester city council is planning to introduce a new system in which they honour those who make a positive impact on the city, starting with the American 23-year-old.

“This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,” council leader Sir Richard Leese told the BBC. “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.”

The One Love Manchester concert on 4 June was attended by 50,000 people, and became the UK’s most-viewed TV show of the year, with 14.5m people watching. It helped raise more than £10m in donations for the victims and their families.

In other news, Radiohead, who were forced to cancel their two dates at Manchester Area in the wake of the attacks, have announced the new venue for their forthcoming shows. The band will now play Manchester Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday 4 July, with one show replacing the two previously announced dates. Existing ticketholders for the previously announced shows will be contacted by their ticket agent and offered a ticket swap for the new venue, or a full refund.


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