The 25-year-old singer performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in an emotional tribute to the Queen of Soul, who died on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Following her performance, Reverend Charles Ellis took the stage to thank Grande for her tribute and apologize for thinking she was a "new item on the Taco Bell menu" when he initially saw her name on the program. The comment was met with applause and laughter from both Grande and the crowd. Reverend Ellis went on to call Grande "an icon herself" before she departed the stage. "We love you, Aretha," she yelled.
The pop star's fiance, Pete Davidson, accompanied her to the event, and they were almost immediately greeted by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Grande was seen talking at length with Hillary prior to the start of the ceremony as Franklin's family made their way to their seats.
The "Sweetner" singer was dressed in a black dress, with her trademark ponytail as high as ever. As for Davidson, the 24-year-old Saturday Night Live star looked dashing in a black suit, which is a far cry from his usual super casual attire.