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Ariana Grande Has Been Made The First-Ever Honorary Citizen Of Manchester

Reacting to the news Grande said: "I don't know what to say. Words don't suffice. I'm moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you."

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Yesterday, Manchester city council unanimously passed a motion that made Ariana Grande the first-ever honorary citizen of Manchester.

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Grande said she was "moved and honored".

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said that, following the bombing at her Manchester concert in May, he would have understood if Grande had not wanted to see the city again.

Manc Council unanimously supports a motion to create a new honorary citizenship for Ariana Grande. @ArianaGrande…

Leese said: "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 bought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester emergency funds and became the first patron of that fund."

At the meeting, a string quartet played a rendition of "Don't Look Back in Anger".

Halle string quartet playing Don't look Back in Anger. @ManCityCouncil special meeting. @Dzidra78 @NasrinAli786…

People are proud of Grande.

I'm so proud of Ariana. She truly deserves this wow

24 year old has made the first honorary citizenship of One Love Manchester 😭💖 we are so much proud of our queen .

And said she deserved the honour.

I'm so happy ariana grande was the first ever person to receive the honorary citizen of Manchester City she truly deserved it ❤

I'm so glad Manchester Officials are making Ariana Grande an honorary citizen, she definitely deserves it🐝💕


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