VIDEO: Ariana Grande Tributes Aretha Franklin With Performance of 'Natural Woman' on The Tonight Show

VIDEO: Ariana Grande Tributes Aretha Franklin With Performance of 'Natural Woman' on The Tonight Show

According to Variety, Ariana Grande had only been scheduled to perform a comedy skit during her appearance on The Tonight Show.

When the producers approached her about singing a tribute to Aretha Franklin, Grande originally said she was too emotional to sing, as Franklin was one of her heroes.

However, Questlove apparently persuaded Grande to perform a Franklin song with the Roots, the in-house band for the show.

Watch her performance of Natural Woman below!

Earlier this year Grande released her mega-anticipated third full-length album, "Dangerous Woman," which was driven by the title track that reached #1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release. "Dangerous Woman" also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and earned her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums.

As an actress, Grande reprised her "Victorious" role as Cat Valentine in the 2013 Nickelodeon series "Sam & Cat." Last year, Grande co-starred in the FOX series "Scream Queens." In March, Grande was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live," marking her second appearance on the iconic late-night franchise.

On the stage, Grande was cast as a cheerleader in 2008 in the Broadway musical "13."

VIDEO: Ariana Grande Tributes Aretha Franklin With Performance of 'Natural Woman' on The Tonight Show

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