Nearly two months after the terrorist bombings in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 injured outside of her concert, Ariana Grande has been made an honorary citizen of the British city.
After a brief time away spent collecting herself after the attacks, Grande returned to Manchester as a woman on a mission. She wouldn’t let fear and intimidation leave a scar on her or the city, and gathered the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and The Black Eyed Peas together for a benefit concert that won’t soon be forgotten.
According to The Guardian, Grande received this first-of-its-kind honor from Manchester after councilors “unanimously” agreed that her drive to give back to the city and families of the victims after the devastation went above and beyond. At a meeting attended by some of the victim’s families, Grande was described as “a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again,” going on to say, “but no, instead 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.”