Paying Respect

Ariana Grande Gives A Heartbreaking Performance Of 'Natural Woman' In Tribute To Aretha Franklin

By the end, she received a standing ovation and was visibly near tears.

Though her appearances on late night television earlier this week was jovial and full of laughs, Ariana Grande’s return was a more somber affair.

The 25-year-old took to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon stage and performed a touching tribute to musical genius Aretha Franklin.

Donning a full black catsuit and accompanied by The Roots and several background singers, she delivered a powerhouse performance of the song “Natural Woman.”

Upon receiving news on the Motown singer’s tragic death, Ariana also posted a sweet tribute over on Instagram. She posted a video of Aretha performing “I Say A Little Prayer” before sharing a black and white photo of the two embracing. 

Watch the clip above and let us know in the comments if you think Ariana nailed her performance!

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