Ariana Grande pays tribute to ‘sweet’ Aretha Franklin

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Ariana Grande has remembered Aretha Franklin with a stunning performance of ‘Natural Woman’.

The 25-year-old singer paid tribute to the legendary soul star – who tragically lost her battle with pancreatic cancer aged 76 yesterday – with a rendition of her classic song. The pair first met when they both performed at the White House at a ‘Women of Soul’ concert in 2014, and Ariana said Aretha was “so sweet”.

She revealed: “I met her a few times. We sang at the White House and she was so sweet, she was so cute. It’s an honour to have met her.” Aretha’s family issued a statement on Thursday announcing one of the “darkest moments” they had experienced. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”