Ariana Grande’s Outfit at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Draws Mixed Reactions

Ariana Grande (Credit: PBS News Hour/YouTube)

Ariana Grande raised a few eyebrows during Aretha Franklin’s funeral Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Although the 25-year-old singer impressed the high-profile attendees with a powerful rendition of Franklin’s 1967 single, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, her outfit didn’t receive a standing ovation.

Many people took to Twitter during the service to critique Grande’s plunging black mini-dress and high heels, arguing that the ensemble was an inappropriate choice for the serious occasion.

“Ariana Grande baby that’s not what you wear to a funeral,” one spectator tweeted.

“Ariana Grande is 5 feet tall at best and still managed to find a dress that barely covered her a** for the house of the Lord, waouw,” someone else quipped.

Others, however, defended the Love Me Harder singer.

“Ariana Grande’s dress was not inappropriate or that short. Y’all just love to sexualize attractive women,” one fan penned.

Another supporter chimed in: “Reading all the comments about Ariana Grande dress. That’s why ya’ll have a hard time getting people to come to church now.”

But viewers put their differences aside when discussing Grande’s powerful tribute to the Queen of Soul. Most agreed her version of A Natural Woman was excellent, a sentiment funeral attendees agreed with across the board.

“Girl, let me give you all your respect,” Bishop Charles Ellis III told Grande. He then caused a few jaws to drop when he joked about not being familiar with the singer.

“I’ve got to apologize because I have to brush up. My 28-year-old daughter tells me, ‘Dad! You are old at 60,'” Ellis said. “When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.”

Grande, who didn’t appear bothered by the remark, replied: “Thank you. We love you Aretha.”

Other performers at the funeral included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Yolanda Adams, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, The Clark Sisters and others.