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Ariana Grande Being Considered to Receive Honorary Manchester Citizenship Following Attack
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18 Jun 2017 07:17 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Ariana Grande (Image Source: Stephen5300 via Wikimedia Commons)

Some good has come out of the Manchester attack immediately following the Ariana Grande concert. The latest is that the young songstress stands to receive an honorary citizenship to the area.

Many people throughout the world were devastated to learn of the attack. A suicide bomber walked into the arena just after Grande finished performing and detonated a bomb killing 22 and injuring as many as 60.

Unlikely individuals stepped in to help in the chaos. Two known homeless men, with at least one of them being there initially for the sole reason of panhandling, pitched in to the rescue efforts to save and comfort people. Grande's mother who had been in the audience shepherded as many as she could backstage to keep them safe.

And while the young pop star initially retreated from the area and sought comfort in the arms of her family, she then resolved to go back. She revisited survivors in the hospital and then put on the One Love Manchester benefit concert to raise money for them.

And now the Manchester city council is proposing a system that would honor contributions to their city, and the first person they have suggested receive such an honor is Grande.

Those on the council have had nothing but good things to say about Grande's character after she put on the benefit concert less than two weeks after the bombing. Her efforts raised £3 million for victims, and the airing of the event was the most-watched show on British TV in 2017.

The new proposal suggests that for the first time honorary citizenship could be given to people who hail from outside the Greater Manchester area.

As council leader Sir Richard Leese stated, "This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city."

He then noted, "We've all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of May 22 – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear."

Leese added that Grande "exemplified this response."

This proposal will be up for review with the council on July 12.

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