According to Gwendolyn Quinn, a spokesperson for Franklin's family, "Aretha was fond of [Grande]".
No cameras were allowed inside her public viewing, but Franklin was dressed in a glittering blue chiffon gown and silver pumps for her Wednesday audience of thousands.
The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which ran with the red dress she wore Tuesday.
People are continuing to stream in for a second day to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin as she laid in repose in the rotunda of Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer.
Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.
"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service". Franklin urged us to, 'Let's make the choice: We stand as one because divided we fail.' Her plea is as timeless today as it was more than a decade ago.
She said the singer looked handsome while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".
"She did so much for music; she did so much for women's rights; she did so much for civil rights", Swift said in comments that we taped by fans and posted on social media.
"I feel that I'm a privileged one because I sang in a choir with Aretha when I joined her father's church, in a young adult choir", Phillips said.
The pop star then called for the lights to be cut and a moment of silence before adding, "We love you Aretha".