After arranging the One Love Manchester benefit concert weeks after the Manchester Arena bombing, which raised millions for victims of the terror attack, pop singer Ariana Grande is set to become Manchester's honorary citizen.
Just 13 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 concertgoers -- many of them young girls -- outside of Grande's "Dangerous Woman" show, the singer returned to the city, where she hosted the "One Love" benefit concert. The event raised more than $3 million for the Red Cross. She also visited a number of injured children in the hospital earlier this month.
Manchester council members want to set up a new system so Grande can receive an honorary citizenship from the city, reports the Independent.
Salman Abedi, detonated a homemade bomb in the venue foyer on Grande's concert location, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.
In the benefit concert, Grande was joined by some of the biggest names in music, including Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.
Around 50,000 people attended the event, which raised almost £3 million for victims.
Manchester City Council is also planning to hold an event to recognise the ‘great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit in the aftermath of the atrocity’.
Following the benefit concert Grande released a cover of 'Over the Rainbow' and a re-release of her song 'One Last Time' for the Manchester victims.
Honorary citizenship is the highest civilian honor that a city can offer any non-citizen, aside from the "freedom of the city" designation, which has been awarded only four times since 2000.