Watch: Ariana Grande sings “A Natural Woman” in tribute to Aretha Franklin


In the hours since the death of Aretha Franklin on Thursday, August 16, there’s been an outpouring of tributes that speak to her massive influence and power as an artist. Among those who have expressed their love for Franklin are the Obamas, as well as fellow music legends like Diana Ross and Elton John. And in an emotional performance on Thursday night, Ariana Grande did her part to honor the Queen of Soul with a rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In addition to performing Franklin’s 1967 hit, Grande — who appeared on Fallon as part of the press tour for her new album Sweetener and ahead of her performance of “God is a Woman” on the VMAs — described meeting Franklin during a visit to the White House in 2014. “It’s an honor to have met her and we are going to celebrate her,” she said.

She also told Fallon about a…



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