Ariana Grande breaks down during Aretha Franklin tribute on 'Tonight Show'

Ariana Grande Tonight Show

Before filming the show, Ariana shared a black and white picture of her hugging the Respect singer, with an Instagram caption of hearts.

Ariana said that she wrote the song just one week after she and Pete started hanging out.

Thankfully Questlove from the band apparently persuaded her to go ahead with the powerful performance which you can check out below.

"She's really sweet. She's like, 'This is our house, ' and I'm like, 'You're very nice for saying that".


"It was an honour to have met her and we're going to celebrate her".

Grande later recalled receiving a phone call from Franklin, who wanted Grande to listen to music from either her nephew or grandson - Grande couldn't remember which.

Miss Grande's new record Sweetener contains the singles God is a Woman and No More Tears Left to Cry and is out today.

Originally planning on only taking part in a comedy skit during her appearance on "The Tonight Show", TMZ reports that Grande was asked to perform a Franklin song to pay tribute to the "Queen of Soul". "I was like, 'Franklin?'"

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