Manchester has thanked Ariana Grande in a big way. The city made the American pop singer its first-ever honorary citizen.
After the Manchester bombing, Grande stepped to support the city and the victims and Manchester wanted to repay her. According to People, city council leader Richard Leese suggested the idea last month. The city council voted on the proposal Wednesday and they passed it unanimously.
“It would have been understandable if [Grande] had never wanted to see this place again,” Leese told the council (quote via NBC News). “But she determined she would not to perform again until she had returned to Manchester. In doing so she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. [That’s why] I propose Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester.”
Grande took to her Instagram account to announce her gratitude for the honor. She posted a screenshot of the news writing, “I don’t know what to say. Words don’t suffice. I’m moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you. 🐝”
On May 22, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive after Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena. Twenty-two people were killed and several were young Grande fans. The news shook music fans worldwide and “devastated” the pop singer. Despite the pain she felt, she stood up for Manchester and the victims.
In early June, she threw together a benefit concert with some of her most famous friends. Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Coldplay and more performed during the event and it raised $13 million.
“I want to thank you for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified,” Grande said during the One Love Manchester event.