Ariana Grande’s Tribute To Aretha Franklin Was So Emotional, It Brought Her To Tears

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In the wake of Aretha Franklin’s death this week, many celebrities and singers have been finding ways to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. Franklin inspired many artists and musicians to follow their hearts in their careers–including Ariana Grande, who has been open about her love for Franklin.
Grande was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to do a comedy skit, according to TMZ. However, with the death of Franklin making headlines early Thursday morning, The Roots and Fallon wanted to do something special to show their respects to the late, great singer.

Grande, at first, reportedly turned down the request to perform a song of Franklin’s–stating it would be too painful and emotional, as the two have a special relationship and have performed together in the past. However, Questlove of The Roots eventually convinced Grande to do it.

The performance was so moving, that sources say Grande began crying backstage after it.

Ariana Grande was also having a pretty big night on Thursday, as her new album Sweetener was set to drop at midnight–August 17th. Jimmy Fallon took the time to thank her on Twitter for stepping up.

And, many on Twitter absolutely loved her performance.

Grande also discussed the time Franklin called her–without warning–to send her some of her grandson (or nephew’s) music to listen to.

And, one fan even posted an interview with Aretha Franklin saying she would love to do a duet with Ariana Grande.

Clearly, Franklin touched the lives of many artists, and she will be incredibly missed.