Published Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Van Morrison could be awarded the honour next year. (© Getty)
Belfast City Council is expected to agree on the honour at a meeting next month.
It is understood all members of the council were in favour of the move, but some expressed doubts over whether the 68-year-old singer-songwriter - real name George Ivan Morrison - would turn up to receive the accolade.
If finalised, the civic ceremony would be likely to happen next year.
Van the Man's career spans over 50 years, with his local city inspiring many of his hits including Cypress Avenue and Hyndford Street.
He became a mainstream hit with Brown Eyed Girl on his second album 'Moondance' in 1967.
He still plays in Northern Ireland regularly and his next performances will be two nights at the Europa Hotel in October.
Van Morrison has won six Grammy Awards, a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and places in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Queen's University and University of Ulster also bestowed him with honorary doctorates and he previously received an OBE for services to music.
In May, Dame Mary Peters was the first to receive the Freedom of Belfast in a decade.
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