In what would’ve been her first televised performance since One Love Manchester, Ariana Grande was forced to cancel her appearance at the 2018 BRIT Awards. She was replaced with Liam Gallagher, who performed “Live Forever” with her approval.
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Ariana Grande received a special honor from NME on Wednesday. The British music mag awarded Ariana with its “Hero of the Year” title at the 2018 VO5 NME Awards due to her charity efforts following the May 2017 bombing of her concert in Manchester, England that killed 22 and injured many more. Ariana and her benefit concert, One Love Manchester, both received honors.
Ariana Grande is being rewarded again for her generous act of putting together the One Love Manchester benefit concert. A concert that raised millions of dollars for victims of the suicide bombing back in May.
Now, all of the funds Ariana raised at her concert and since then is getting doled out to the families. Thanks to all of the Dangerous Woman’s fundraising efforts, families of the victims will receive $324,000 each. According to a report from Billboard, families have already had access to $70,000 each and free counseling services.
Ariana Grande has reacted to the news that she was made an official citizen of the city of Manchester, England. Plans to honor Ariana were announced last month after she threw a massive benefit concert for the victims of her bombed Manchester show. The city government has now made the move official after putting it to a vote Wednesday.
“It would have been understandable if she had never wanted to see this place again,” said Manchester council leader Sir Richard Leese. “But she determined she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester.”
Richard commended Ariana not just for putting on the show, but for raising a ton of money for the attack’s victims. Ariana reacted to the news on Instagram and posted a screenshot of Richard’s kind words and reacted in the caption.
“I’m moved and honored,” she wrote. “My heart is very much still there.”
Check out Ariana’s entire reaction to her new honorary citizenship below.
(Photo credit: Ariana Grande Instagram account)
Katy Perry is offering fans another chance to play witness. This time, she’s giving Katy Cats the opportunity to see the magic behind Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert. In a video that opens with a big hug between Katy and Ariana, the “Swish Swish” singer rubs elbows with some of pop music’s biggest names at the charity gig.
Katy also met Little Mix backstage before getting a strange little back scratch from Justin Bieber. She danced it out with Miley Cyrus before snapping a selfie with Niall Horan. And she stopped off for a quick interview with Nick Grimshaw before hitting the stage. The video ends with another emotional hug between Katy and Ariana.
Watch it below.
(Photo credit: Katy Perry YouTube account)