Ariana Grande and the people of Manchester will forever share a bond formed by the heartbreaking bombing that killed 22 and injured over a hundred more at her concert in May. After the singer returned to the city for her One Love Manchester benefit concert and received a bee tattoo as a permanent reminder of those we lost, the city has decided to make Grande an honorary citizen.

Ariana Grande One Love Manchester concert

According to the BBC, the city of Manchester has proposed a new system that will recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to the city, and Grande is said to be the first recipient under consideration.

鈥淭his seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city,鈥 said council leader Sir Richard Leese. He may have been referring, at least in part, to the One Love Manchester concert, which drew a crowd of 50,000 people while raising almost $4 million for victims and their families.

One Love Manchester concert _ Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus

He added, 鈥淲e鈥檝e 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 [the night of the bombing] 鈥 with love and courage rather than hatred and fear.鈥

His statement reflects Ariana Grande鈥檚 own feelings that 鈥渨e will not quit or operate in fear. We won鈥檛 let this divide us. We won鈥檛 let hate win.鈥

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(h/t BBC; photos via Handout/Getty)