Ariana Grande named honorary citizen of Manchester

Pop star made an honorary citizen following her response to deadly bomb attack.

At a special meeting earlier today, the city's officials voted unanimously to make the 24-year-old pop star an honorary citizen following her response to the deadly attack on her concert there in May.

"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 22 May -- with love and courage rather than hatred and fear. Ariana Grande exemplified this response," Sir Richard Leese, the leader of the Manchester City Council, said in a statement. "I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and will be delighted, now the Council has approved the proposal, to make it official."

At today's special meeting, the council also commemorated the victims of the bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Police say Salman Abedi killed 22 people and wounded more than 100 others when he detonated a bomb at the end of Grande's concert.