After the attack, which killed 22 people including children and teenagers, Grande left the country but confirmed days later she would return to the city for a charity concert.

The city council passed the motion for her to be named an honorary citizen, the first person to be named so, unanimously at a special meeting on Wednesday May 12 which was also attended by family members of some of the victims.




There are currently no plans for a ceremony to award Grande her citizenship in person.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese praised Grande for her decision: ‘As an artist, a performer, [she] 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.’

He went on to add: ‘And that’s why I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester.’

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has so far raised over £10 million; £2 million came directly from the One Love Manchester gig which Grande organised with the help of her manager Scooter Braun and friends and family, incluidng Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, and Katy Perry.