“We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and she was like so cute and I was like, ‘How are you a real person?’” she said. “It's an honor to have met her and we are going to celebrate her.”
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Grande also said she got a phone call from Franklin in which she was asked to listen to her grandson’s song.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be honored to listen! Thank you for thinking of me. Just text me the MP3,’” she said.
Always old school, Franklin sent a package to Grande in the mail several months later.
Watch Grande’s Franklin tribute below.