Ariana Grande, arguably one of pop’s most soulful singers, attended Aretha Franklin’s funeral Friday (Aug. 31) at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
The singer arrived with her fiancé Pete Davidson and spent time talking to Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton upon their arrival. Following Faith Hill’s performance of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” Ariana took the stage to perform a heartfelt version of Aretha’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
.@ArianaGrande arrives at Aretha Franklin's funeral with fiancé Pete Davidson and is greeted by Sec. Hillary Clinton. She will perform at the services along with other stars like Stevie Wonder. https://t.co/m1ZEe6FAf4 pic.twitter.com/O8RSn4UVRz
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 31, 2018
Following Ariana’s performance, Reverend Charles Ellis walked to pop singer over to the podium to offer an apology.
“I’ve got to apologize,” he said. “When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell. Girl, let me give you all your respect.”
He than called went on to call Ariana an “icon herself,” before walking her off. As Ariana exited the stage she had some last words for Aretha.
“I love you Aretha,” she exclaimed.