Ariana Grande Performs Emotional Tribute To Aretha Franklin On ‘The Tonight Show’

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Ariana Grande Performs Emotional Tribute To Aretha Franklin On ‘The Tonight Show’
Four-time Grammy nominee Ariana Grande delivered an emotional tribute to her idol, Aretha Franklin, on Thursday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The 25-year-old Grande was at the show to promote her fourth studio album, Sweetener, out today. She arrived at The Tonight Show expecting to merely participate in a comedy sketch. But she was then asked to sing a song with backing by house band The Roots as a tribute to Franklin.

After the performance, one report indicated Grande was emotionally overcome backstage.

Earlier, Grande posted a touching photo on Twitter of herself with the Queen of Soul.

♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ pic.twitter.com/J2Y1eEbSXo

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 16, 2018
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