Ariana Grande Paying Tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Ariana Grande opened Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by paying tribute to Aretha Franklin. Grande sang a rendition of Franklin’s hit “Natural Woman.” Ariana Wearing a shimmering blazer, matching shorts, thigh-high black boots, and her signature high sleek pony. The performance was certainly a moving one and earned her roaring applause from the audience, The singer who has much love for the late Aretha Franklin. Franklin who died surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Her longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, confirmed the heartbreaking news of her passing early Thursday morning. Grande recalled meeting the Queen of Soul during a performance at the White House. The “No Tears Left to Cry” crooner was emotional during her performance “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “It’s an honor to have met her and we’re going to celebrate her,” she said. Grande said Franklin even called her once asking if she’d listen to a family member’s music.

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