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Ariana Grande to become honorary Manchester citizen

Ariana Grande will become an honorary citizen of Manchester, officials say, 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.

Meanwhile, Grande's concert on Sunday in Costa Rica caused concern when a 22-year-old Colombian man was accused of threatening an attack. On Tuesday, he was released by authorities but has been barred from leaving Costa Rica.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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