Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Moving Performance

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The 25-year-old U.S. star brought the house down last night with a hastily-arranged and emotional rendition of Aretha's 1967 hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

It's some timing for Grande, who has been active on the late night show circuit to promote the imminent release of her new album, Sweetener.

A host of celebrities have paid tribute to Franklin, including songwriter Carole King, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross and Elton John.

At first, Grande was reluctant and told producers she was too emotional to perform, as Franklin was one of her biggest heroes, the website reports.

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Sitting down with Fallon after the performance, the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer called up memories of meeting Franklin while performing at the White House. On a dimly lit stage and wearing all black, Grande performed the song from among the Roots.

"She was so sweet and so cute and I was like 'how are you a real person?'"

Ariana Grande struggled through an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin during a taped appearance on The Tonight Show in America on Thursday.


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