Ariana Grande has been announced as the headliner for Manchester Pride this year.  

The 25-year-old star is due to perform at the annual LGBT event in August, two years after a terrorist attack killed 22 people at her concert in the city.

The singer last appeared in the city in June 2017 at the One Love concert, which was staged to raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack and their families.

Taking to Twitter, Grande posted: "Manchester babes, i'm so thrilled to be headlining pride,. my heart. I cant wait to see u and i love u so so much."

Grande also tweeted a picture of a worker bee. The insect is an emblem for Manchester, symbolising the city's industrial past.

She had the image of a bee tattooed behind her left ear after the attack.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive of Manchester Pride, said: "This year marks a big change for the festival as it continues to evolve.

"Previously we had one event running over the weekend and this year we have two, each with a distinct offering.

"At Manchester Pride Live we're truly honoured to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life.

"My team and I have worked hard to create a diverse line-up of performers who will join her in helping us continue to make a difference to the lives of LGBT+ people and celebrate the unity that exists in our brilliant city."

Other acts on the bill for Manchester Pride include Faithless, Years And Years, Bananarama, Basement Jaxx, Pixie Lott and Lady Leshurr. Gok Wan is also performing a DJ set.

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