Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Ariana Grande pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with powerful 'Natural Woman' performance

Ariana Grande pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with powerful 'Natural Woman' performance

"So I just called it 'Pete, '" Grande said after explaining that the song was originally going to be called "This is about Pete Davidson".

The No Tears Left To Cry hitmaker appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the release of her fourth album Sweetener and she discussed the inspiration behind the track NAMED Pete Davidson, which Ariana is believed to have wrote just a week after they started dating.

It took The Roots' Questlove to change her mind; when he approached her later, he convinced her that performing a Franklin hit alongside The Roots would be a fitting tribute, and Grande ultimately agreed.

Ariana went on to say that she also received a memorable phone call from the late soul singer, who wanted to send her some music by her nephew.

So much so, she knew she would one day marry the actor. "We weren't even friends".

The singer, who was booked on the show to promote her new fourth album, Sweetener, performed alongside Jimmy's house band, USA hip hop legends The Roots. "My friends used to make fun of me".

"She was so sweet and so cute and I was like 'how are you a real person?'" I don't have crushes on people I don't know. "I'm not crushy. But I left and I jokingly said to my tour manager, I was like, 'I'm marrying him, 100 percent.' I was like, 'I'm literally marrying him'".

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