During Wednesday's session, council leader Sir Richard Leese called Grande "a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again," according to CBS News.
"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," he continued. "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."