Ariana Grande: See Her Powerful Tribute to the Late, Great Aretha Franklin

Ariana Grande was scheduled to go on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to promote the debut of her incredible new album, Sweetener.

But whatever plans they had made for her were scrapped when the legendary Aretha Franklin died at 76.

Instead, Ariana and The Roots collaborated on a powerful, evocative tribute to the late Queen of Soul. Hear it for yourself:

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In the moving tribute video that we have included, Ariana Grande covers "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" with The Roots providing the instrumentals.

But Ariana also sat down with Fallon and spoke about her experience with the legendary Aretha, including having met her.

"I met her a few times," Ariana admits. "We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and she was so cute, and I was like, ‘How are you a real person?’"

Ariana, Aretha, and Obama under one roof must have been a powerful experience for others there.

"It’s an honor to have met her," Ariana says with all due reverence.

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Ariana also revealed to Fallon that she had been called by Aretha, out of the blue.

"She called me one time, one time only," Ariana shares. "And she goes ‘Hi, it’s Aretha,’ and I’m like, ‘Franklin?!'"

Literally imagine that happening to you. (Pretend that it's in a world where anyone picks up the phone for a number that they don't recognize)

Ariana explains that Aretha had asked if she would be willing to listen to some music by her "nephew or her grandson."

She describes her reaction: "I was like, “Oh my god, I’d be honored to listen. Thank you for thinking of me. Just text me the MP3 or something.’"

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Aretha was already in her 70s at this point, so texting her the MP3 wasn't really in the cards.

Ariana explains: "And she was like, ‘Well, I don’t know how to do that so I’m just gonna send it to you.’"

When Ariana said this, my first thought was well an email is fine, but that's not what Aretha meant.

"And then," Ariana reveals. "Like, four months later I got a package with a CD."

"But it was nice," Ariana says. "It was great."

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Aretha passed away at 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Gwendolyn Quinn was her longtime publicist, and she released a formal statement.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives," Quinn says. "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."

Aretha is a legend, mourned by millions — but none knew and loved her so well as her family.

The statement continues: "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

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Quinn and the family thanked fans for their kindness during this difficult time.

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters, and fans all around the world," the statement continues.

"Thank you for your compassion and prayers," the family says. "We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on."

Her voice touched so many.

"As we grieve," the family asks. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Of course.

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Ariana Grande Breaks Down on ‘Tonight Show’ After Singing Aretha Franklin Tribute

Ariana Grande did something she did not want to do today, but powered through in honor of Aretha Franklin and then broke down in tears. Production sources tell us Ariana was scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Falon” Thursday…


Tyler Baltierra Pens Candid, Heartfelt, Awe-Inspiring Tribute to Catelynn Lowell

Tyler Baltierra recently shared the story of his epic weight loss.

And it’s very impressive, don’t get us wrong.

But the Teen Mom OG veteran has impressed us even more with a tribute to wife Catelynn that makes it clear: He never, ever, ever wants to lose her.

With rumors of a divorce constantly swirling around Tyler and Catelynn, the former took to Instagram this week and poured his svelte heart out for all to see and swoon over.

“Life is really simple if you think about it,” wrote Tyler to kick off a lengthy caption, which he attached to the photo above, prior to adding in far more detail:

“If you love something … fight for it. Sacrifice for it. Love it so much that it makes you want to love yourself in a way you never knew you were even capable of loving.

Continued Baltierra, who fans were convinced as recently last month was going to leave Catelynn:

“It’s been 13 years together & that’s not because of luck or us not arguing or not getting upset with one another …

“That’s because everyday, we choose to love each other unconditionally, with all the flaws & all the baggage our past lives has given us.”

We love that perspective.

As they said, it’s not about finding someone who is perfect, right? It’s about finding someone who is perfect for YOU.

For his part, Tyler has always been very open about his struggles with mental health, specifically his bipolar order diagnosis.

Anyway. He wasn’t done here gushing over his wife.

“We choose to listen to one another & be heard by one another,” the MTV personality wrote, adding:

“We choose to confront our issues head on & fix them together. We choose to nurture our spiritual bond together & share lives ups and downs with one another.

“We are lovers in this life, so we can be soulmates in our afterlife.”

Wow. That’s some profound stuff right there, Ty.

Baltierra and Lowell got married in August of 2015.

They are the parents to two kids, one of whom they gave up for adoption back when they were stars on 16 & Pregnant.

Overall, the couple’s ups and downs have been documented at length on Teen Mom OG over the years, most notably Lowell’s miscarriage last year that led her to enter a treatment facility due to sucidal thoughts.

“You Are Beautiful. You Are Worthy,” Tyler wrote to Catelynn in this mini online essay.

“You Are Strong. You Are Safe … & I love you more than this realm will allow me to express in all my desired ways.”

Despite all the negative chatter surrounding her and her husband, Catelynn has always insisted than their relationship was stable.

“Tyler and I are not getting a divorce. Couples go through ups and downs. That’s normal life,” Lowell told Us Weekly in May, concluding at the time:

“We are a solid couple that will work through anything life throws at us.”

As of this writing, Tyler’s tribute to Catelynn has been Liked over 186,000 times. People are clearly affected by his candor.

Which is great and everything.

But we’re guessing there’s only one person out there he cares about reading it and believing every word of it. 


Tori Roloff Posts Ultimate Anniversary Tribute to Husband

The competition is apparently on between Tori Roloff and Audrey Roloff.

On Father’s Day this year, Audrey gushed and gushed and gushed over her husband, Jeremy, praising him for his faith and his dedication to his family.

It was an incredibly sweet message.

But Tori may have just topped it.

On the occasion of her third wedding anniversary, Tori has gone ahead and made it impossible for any other spouse to ever wish a happy anniversary to his or her spouse ever again.


Because he or she will never be able to surpass the sweetness of Tori’s message about Zach.

“I just can’t quite comprehend how I get to live out my life next to this man. Zach you are hands down the best husband I could ever ask for,” the TLC star wrote on Instagram last night alongside the picture above.

The Little People, Big World twosome originally said, “I do” in front of approximately 200 people in a Roloff Family Farm ceremony on July, 25 2015.

Just under two years later, they welcomed a son named Jackson Kyle into the world.

Continued Tori in her tribute:

“I’m so thankful for your grace and your patience. You help me be a better version of myself every single day. I love your heart and your thoughtfulness.

“You are always quick to put others before yourself and it’s something I truly believe the world needs more of.”

Man. Is it getting misty in here or is it just us?

Tori recently confirmed that she and Zach are either trying for a second child right now or will be in the near future.

She sounds very excited to give Jackson a sibling.

But not as excited as she was on Instagram to talk up her husband of three years.

“You are always quick to put others before yourself and it’s something I truly believe the world needs more of,” she wrote of Zach, concluding with a flourish:

I have loved watching you become a dad and it’s made me fall more in love with you. Marriage isn’t always the easiest thing to do but I’m thankful I have the best partner in life to navigate it and make it stronger every day.

I have so enjoyed these last three years and I can’t wait for many many many more happy years with you. I love you babe uh.

Happy anniversary zachys! #storyofzachandtori

We love it.

Just so honest, open and romantic.

Tori and Zach met back when the former was working on the Roloff farm in 2010.

“I was working at Roloff Farms during pumpkin season as a greeter and one of our co-workers introduced us,” Tori said on Little People, Big World awhile back.

Added Zach at the time:

“[We] just started talking and she kept coming over. Her being average height, me being a dwarf, people obviously stare…

“She was my first kiss. It was an epic night. It was on the roof of the swamp fort. Full moon right above us. Like, primetime. It was prime.”

These two are prime.



Mackenzie McKee Pays Heartbreaking Tribute to Dying Mother

Back in January, Mackenzie McKee revealed that her mother, Ange Douthit, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

In the months since, she's frequently updated fans on Ange's condition, and while Mackenzie is generally optimistic, she's also realistic.

No one in Mackenzie's family is under any delusions about what the future holds, but rather than give into their grief, they've opted to make the best of every remaining day with Ange.

Fans have drawn inspiration from Mackenzie's love and gratitude for her mother, as well as for Ange's strength and determination to continue living in the present moment.

This week, Mackenzie shared the most recent update on Ange's ongoing battle, and fans have reacted with a tidal wave of kindhearted and supportive sentiments.

1. Mackenzie and Ange

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Mackenzie first shared the sad news of Ange’s diagnosis back in January. Since then, the strength that both mother and daughter have demonstrated has served as a source of inspiration for millions.

2. A Moving Story

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These days, Ange is facing the end with her daughter by her side. Fans have marveled at the courage demonstrated by both women.

3. Sharing Their Strength

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While many families would no doubt prefer to keep such struggles private, the McKee-Douthit clan has been happy to serve as a source of strength to others who might be struggling.

4. The Latest

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Yesterday, Mackenzie offered fans an update on her mother’s condition and revealed a special way in which she and other family members are paying tribute.

5. Give Her an Amen

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“The doctor gave my mom 4 to 13 months, today marks 6 months…. can I get an AMEN, a retweet, a hallelujah #alwaysbekind,” Mackenzie tweeted.

6. Strength and Kindness

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Yes, it seems “always be kind” is Ange’s motto, and now, her daughters are using those words to pay a very special tribute to their beloved mother.

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Prince Jackson Pens Moving Tribute to Late Grandfather Joe Jackson

This week, Joe Jackson passed away after a battle with cancer. The man was American Royalty and created a multi-generational dynasty.

Paris Jackson posted a heartfelt farewell message to her late grandfather, speaking of her cherished memories of him.

And her brother, Prince Jackson, is doing the same. Take a look:

Prince shared an image of him with his grandfather. In his captions, he wrote a tribute to his dearly departed loved one.

“This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication,” Prince begins.

That is indisputable, even to Joe’s critics.

Prince continues, writing: “He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest.”

That’s true.

Prince acknowledges that it was a lot of work, “but he choose the path that was best for his family.”

Prince then addresses his late grandfather directly.

“You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name,” Prince writes. “And what it really means.”

It’s a big deal.

Prince continues, saying: “You taught me dedication in the face of adversity.”

There will always be people who want to tear down the Jackson family. That’s sad.

“And most of all,” Prince writes. “You showed me strength and fearlessness.”

Prince continues his moving message honoring his late grandfather.

“There is and never will be someone like you,” Prince says.

Some people really are one-of-a-kind.

“Fly free,” Prince instructs him.

Then he ends his message.

“Until we meet again,” Prince says, adding his grandfather’s nickname: “The Hawk.”

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a close and loving relationship with their grandparents.

Some people live too far away from them for it to be economically viable for them to spend much time with them.

Some truly unlucky soles have awful grandparents whose parents wisely have little to do with them.

Others tragically lose their grandparents in early childhood.

To know and love your grandparents as Prince and his siblings have isn’t just a joy — it’s a real privilege.

And, let’s be honest: few grandparents can leave such a powerful and lucrative legacy as Joe has left for the Jackson Dynasty.

Joe Jackson was no doubt a complicated man in life, and his battle with cancer and his death does not change that.

But it is certainly every grandchild’s right to mourn the grandparent they knew and loved in peace.

Paris, Prince, and all of their siblings and cousins should be allowed to mourn and grieve without people harassing them directly about their grandfather’s life.

There are, unfortunately, still people who try to provoke a response by bringing up allegations against Michael Jackson to his children.

They’re the children of this family. Let them have their peace.