Aretha Franklin’s funeral took place in Detroit on Friday, August 31, and several celebrities and notable figures were in attendance. One of those people was Ariana Grande, who honored the Queen of Soul during the service by singing a cover of her hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
The Sweetener singer took the stage roughly halfway through the funeral, wearing a black dress and her signature high ponytail. (Her fiancé, Pete Davidson, was also in attendance.) Her rendition of “Natural Woman” was stunning, of course; her vocals were soft and lovely, and she hit the difficult notes in the song with style and aplomb. The performance was received by a hearty applause from the thousands of people in attendance, including many of Franklin’s direct family members.
Watch the performance for yourself, below:
Franklin’s funeral has been intensely covered all day. Photographers snapped pictures of Davidson and Grande first arriving to the service. The couple was affectionately holding hands in one of the shots.
They also took time to chat with Hillary and Bill Clinton, who both attended Franklin’s service, as well.
Other public figures who were present for the service included Gladys Knight, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Jennifer Hudson.
This isn’t the first time Grande’s paid homage to Franklin. She sang “Natural Woman” on August 16 (the day Franklin passed away) while appearing on The Tonight Show.
“We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and she was like so cute and I was like, ‘how are you a real person?’,” Grande said on The Tonight Show about meeting Franklin. “It’s an honor to have met her and we are going to celebrate her.”