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 … but she was only going to do a comedy skit. She was not going to sing.

When she arrived on set, producers asked her if she would perform an Aretha song in honor of the late singer. Ariana told them she couldn’t do it … she was just too emotional in the wake of her death. She said Aretha was one of her heroes.

Reportedly Questlove then approached Ariana and convinced her it would be awesome for her to perform an Aretha song with the Roots.

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