Listen to Ariana Grande’s beautiful tribute to Aretha Franklin on The Tonight Show


Ariana Grande sang Franklin’s hit “Natural Woman” on The Tonight Show, adding to a long list of celebrities paying tribute to the late legend.

As we mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, many celebrities and musicians have paid tribute to the musical icon — from heartfelt statements to singing her greatest hits.

Ariana Grande may have given one of the most touching tributes yet, singing a beautiful rendition of Franklin’s “Natural Woman” as the opener for Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Later speaking with Fallon on the show, Grande said she had the honor of meeting the Queen during a performance at the White House. Grande, a soulful singer herself, said Franklin was “so sweet” and that now “we’re going to celebrate her.”

The “No Tears Left To Cry” singer added that Franklin also called her once, asking if Grande would listen to a family member’s music.

Following Franklin’s passing, there has been an emotional outpour of tributes and love for Franklin, including from celebrities like Jennifer HudsonJanelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand and Paul McCartney. Diana Ross, a fellow Detroit musician and legendary lead Supremes singer, shared that she was “sitting in prayer” for Franklin.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama gave their condolences as well, saying:

"Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace."

Watch Ariana Grande sing “Natural Woman” here:

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Franklin passed away Thursday at her home in Detroit. Her family released the following statement via her publicist, saying “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”