Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ariana Grande to Become Honorary Manchester Citizen

Ariana Grande to Become Honorary Manchester Citizen:

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Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester

Ariana Grande performs during the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. 
Manchester officials say they are making U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande an honorary citizen of the city because of her response to the deadly concert attack in May.

City council leader Richard Leese proposed the move, describing the 23-year-old singer as “a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again.”

He said instead, Grande “brought comfort to thousands and raised millions” for an emergency fund when she returned to headline the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June.

Other council officials in the northwest English city voted Wednesday to back the proposal.

Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people on May 22 when he detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by Grande.