Disrespectful? Ariana Grande Belts Aretha Franklin Standard in Tiny Dress at Funeral - NBC 7 San Diego

Disrespectful? Ariana Grande Belts Aretha Franklin Standard in Tiny Dress at Funeral

One of the officiants at Franklin's funeral also joked about being old and not knowing much about Grande. But he said she was an "icon"

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    Ariana Grande performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (

    Ariana Grande belted an Aretha Franklin standard at the Queen of Soul's homegoing in a black dress so short it got the social media choir going.

    Grande appeared nervous as she made her way to the front of Greater Grace Temple, apparently unclear where she was supposed to stand for her performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman."

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    She found her footing, though, and made it through, collecting an awkward hug from one of the officiants at Franklin's funeral.

    Bishop Charles H. Ellis III said after the song that he felt old because when he saw "Ariana Grande on the program, I thought it was a new something at Taco Bell." But said he now owed her some respect and she was an "icon."

    On Twitter, Grande's dress was criticized as too short for church by some. Others defended Grande and her performance. 

    "#ArianaGrande don't know the below the knee rule for the pulpit in the black church. Somebody hand her a lap hanky and a choir robe. Bless her heart," tweeted one, Tenisha Taylor Bell.