Watch Ariana Grande Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin on The Tonight Show

Watch Ariana Grande Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin on The Tonight Show

Watch Ariana Grande Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin on The Tonight Show

Franklin died pancreatic cancer at age 76. "The pop star joined house band The Roots for a special rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". Some, like Shirley Brown, Loleatta Holloway, Thelma Houston and Al Green, enjoyed popular success.

"I was holding her hand at the bedside, holding her wrist, which was now no more than skin and bone, but her pulse was so strong and so, so full of life".

A screengrab of a YouTube video of Aretha Franklin. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice.

Listening to Aretha reminds us of a time of optimism and freedom, as well as struggle. RIP.

"Her breathing was such a defiance of what was attacking her, that you got the sense Aretha was fighting all the way".

From the Obamas to Ariana Grande, almost everyone's tributes to the queen of soul have been lovely. Her music used to drive us sweet insane.

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"I met her a few times", Grande told host Jimmy Fallon before her performance.

The 18-time Grammy award victor cemented her place in United States music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves.

Ariana wasn't the only singer paying tribute to the Queen of Soul. He went on to recall his final interaction with Franklin leading up to her death, then stopped to compose himself again.

Before the time of Franklin, Ray Charles, and Motown icons like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes, music remained mainly segregated. "She worked for me on numerous occasions", Trump said to the press Thursday.

Her recording success continued across the 70s, with 1972's Young, Gifted and Black and 1976's Sparkle both achieving Gold stats.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the world for Aretha Franklin, an inspiration to many a musician. She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN.

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