Ariana Grande is made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Manchester after One Love concert
Ariana Grande is now officially a citizen of Manchester, after organising the One Love concert to raise money for those affected by the Manchester terror attack in May.
During a meeting today, city councillors voted to make the ‘One Last Time’ singer “the first to be made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Manchester”.
The honorary citizenship follows Ariana’s efforts in organising the One Love Manchester concert, which raised money for the victims and families of the terrorist attack on May 22. The horrific incident left 22 people dead and even more injured when an explosive was let off after Ariana’s Manchester gig.
According to The Guardian, council leader Sir Richard Lees described the singer as a “young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again.
“But no – instead she, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform.”
Over £2 million was raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund after the One Love Manchester concert. As the performances aired on BBC One, hundreds of thousands of viewers donated to the cause via text message or online donations. An impressive £2 million was raised between 7pm to 10pm.
Many big-name artists took to the stage to support the event, including Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Liam Gallagher, Niall Horan, Imogen Heap and Ariana’s boyfriend Mac Miller.