Published Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Van Morrison could receive the honour next year at a civic ceremony. (© Getty)
A proposal to grant the honour to the 68-year-old passed without comment during a monthly meeting of the city council but members are expected to approve the move during a specially-convened sitting later this month.
Former DUP Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson, who nominated Morrison for the accolade, said the musician's work had done a lot of good in presenting a positive picture of the area.
"Van Morrison is someone who over the last number of decades has painted a majestic view of the city of Belfast," he said.
"At a time whenever we're searching for good news stories, I think somebody who not only highlighted 'the bright side of the road' in the past but who can show a great vision for the city of Belfast is somebody who rightly deserves the freedom of our city."
When 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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