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Manchester City To Grant Honorary Citizenship To Ariana Grande


Manchester City Council announced its plans to grant honorary citizenship to US singer Ariana Grande who performed at a charity concert in memory of the victims of the deadly terrorist attack targeting her "Dangerous Woman" world tour.

Just after Grande concluded her show at the Manchester Arena on May 22 night, an Islamic State terrorist carried out a suicide bomb attack, in which 22 people were killed and dozens of others injured. Grande left the stage unhurt in the explosion, but canceled some of the remaining parts of the European leg of her world tour.

But she returned to Manchester with an array of pop stars on June 4 for a show of solidarity with the victims.

The pop star was in tears while singing the emotionally-charged One Last Time and Over The Rainbow. Grande said she will not quit in fear, let the attack divide the music fans or let hate win.

The One Love Manchester concert raised nearly £3 million ($3.81 million) towards the "We Love Manchester Emergency Fund" set up for the victims of the attack and their families.

The Manchester City Council said Wednesday that proposals for a new system to recognize people who have made an outstanding contribution to the city will be put to its next full meeting in July, and the first recipient of the honorary citizenship of Manchester will be Ariana Grande.

The Council made it clear that the rarely-awarded "Freedom Of The City" will remain the highest honor of Manchester.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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