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13 July 2017, 10:57
The ‘Side to Side’ singer was given the status as a thank you for her response to the attack on her concert.
Manchester City Council praised Grande’s determination after the terror attack on her concert on May 22 which killed 22 people.
In the wake of the incident she said: “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
Less than two weeks after the horrific event she returned to the city to host the One Love Manchester benefit concert which raised millions for those affected by the attack.
On Wednesday, council leader Sir Richard Leese praised Grande for how she responded and how her actions helped the city deal with the tragedy.
“She, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform.
"In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and became the first patron of that fund.
"And that's why I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester."
The council passed the motion unanimously.
Grande is currently in Mexico for her ‘Dangerous Woman’ world tour.