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Ariana Grande’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin

La cantante showed her love for the late Aretha Franklin during her emotional performance of the icons singer’s hit “You make me feel like a natural woman,” on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Wearing a shimmering blazer, matching shorts, thigh-high black boots, and her signature high sleek pony, the 25-year-old artist commanded the stage with her beautiful singing.

After her performance, the singer sat down with Fallon and opened up about her experiences with Aretha Franklin.

“I met her a few times. We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and she was so cute, and I was like, ‘How are you a real person?’” Grande said. “It’s an honor to have met her.”

She also reflected on an endearing memory of the time she randomly got a phone call out of the blue from the Queen of Soul.
“She called me one time, one time only, and she goes ‘Hi, it’s Aretha,’ and I’m like, ‘Franklin?!” Grande said, recalling that the iconic diva was hoping that she’d take a listen to some music recorded by either her “nephew or her grandson.”

“I don’t remember because it was Aretha Franklin on the phone and I didn’t know what was happening,” Grande explained.

“I was like, “Oh my god, I’d be honored to listen. Thank you for thinking of me. Just text me the MP3 or something.’ And she was like, ‘Well, I don’t know how to do that so I’m just gonna send it to you.’ And then, like, four months later I got a package with a CD,” Grande said, laughing. “But it was nice. It was great.”

Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 form advanced pancreatic cancer.

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