Aretha Franklin’s “Celebration of Life” ceremony has drawn artists from all walks of life to honor the Queen of Soul, including Ariana Grande, who performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday (Aug. 31).
Grande gave a stunning performance as the chorus provided soulful harmonies for the performance. Grace Temple’s house band also brought the drums, bass and a boost of energy to the set.
After her performance, Grande was met with love and a dose of church shade from the co-officiator, Bishop Charles H. Ellis who joked, “When I saw Ariana Grande at the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.”
The singer looked awkward during the exchange but laughed it off. “Girl, I gotta give you all your respect,” he said before asking the crowd for another round of applause.
The entire moment was something special for the internet to toss jokes at, including Grande’s choice of dress.
Grande had a fan in Aretha, as the two met several times. Gwendolyn Quinn, a Franklin family spokeswoman, told the Free Press of Grande, “Aretha was fond of her.”
Other performances at the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.