Following the death of the ultimate Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, tributes from everyone has been pouring in, but Ariana Grande paid homage to the Diva with an emotional performance on “The Tonight Show.”
Joined by The Roots, Ariana opened up the show with a cover of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Wearing a glittery black blazer and long ponytail, Ariana showcased her powerful pipes while belting out Franklin’s 1967 classic.
According to TMZ, when Ariana arrived on set, producers asked if she would perform an Aretha tribute, but Ariana said she was too emotional in the wake of her death. Following some convincing from Questlove, she agreed to perform the song with The Roots. She reportedly left the stage in tears following the performance.
Ariana wasn’t the only singer paying tribute, Alicia Keys also covered “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” during Episode 3 of Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio on Beats 1.
“She was able to touch so many people, divinely. She touched me,” said Alicia. “Some of my greatest songs were inspired by hers that I loved. Talk about queens–she was definitely the queen. She stepped into the room and everyone bowed down.”