Ariana Grande joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and other “Women of Soul” for a special concert at the White House on Thursday. As President Obama and First Lady Michelle looked on, the 20-year-old pop diva charmed the audience.
“Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, what’s up, how are ya?” she asked the First Family. “What’s up? It’s all good?”
After getting the thumbs up from Mrs. Obama, she showed off her powerful pipes with a beautiful cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” which earned her a standing ovation.
“I’m going to sing a song by a woman who’s inspired me endlessly since I was a little girl,” said Ariana while introducing the ballad.
She also performed her own song “Tattooed Heart” off her debut Yours Truly.
For the finale, she dueted with Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, and Janelle Monáe on “Proud Mary.”
The full concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” will be broadcast April 7 on PBS.
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