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Watch Ariana Grande Sing ‘Natural Woman’ at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral (VIDEO)

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Ariana Grande celebrated Aretha Franklin‘s life with a powerful tribute at her funeral on Friday (August 31), where she performed an emotional rendition of the soul icon’s 1967 classic, “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

Her fiancé, Pete Davidson, watched proudly from the audience, and her ex-boyfriend Big Sean was even spotted standing up to give her a round of applause.

“We love you, Aretha!” Grande whispered into the microphone before leaving stage.

The 25-year-old singer joined a star-studded list of performers who came out to honor Franklin, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

Gwendolyn Quinn, a Franklin family spokeswoman, previously told the Free Press Franklin “was fond of” Grande.

“I met her a few times. We sang at the White House, and she was so sweet, and she was so cute,” Grande told Jimmy Fallon during a Tonight Show appearance earlier this month. “I was like, ‘How are you a real person?’ It’s an honor to have met her, and we’re gonna celebrate her.”

Franklin died on August 16 after battling with pancreatic cancer. Watch Grande’s performance below.

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