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Ariana Grande nails homage to Whitney Houston with 'Greatest Hits' performance

It’s official! Pop star Ariana Grande is an expert at celebrity impressions.

As we all know, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and clearly the 23-year-old showed she had the “greatest love of all” for music legend Whitney Houston on Aug. 4 with a spot-on performance.

It was during the season finale of ABC's "Greatest Hits" that the “Nobody Does It Better” singer nailed the tribute to Houston, performing renditions of “How Will I Know” and “Queen of the Night,” with pitch-perfect precision.

Just moments before the spellbinding medley, Grande made sure to share her humbled excitement with her 40.5 million Twitter followers: “Honored to be paying homage to my angel tonight,” she mused.

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And via Instagram, Grande received 1.1 million likes with a photo in which she thanked the show, adding that she was “honored and grateful for having been a part” of the special moment.

thank you so much @greatesthitsabc 😌 honored & grateful to have been a part. #howwilliknow #queenofthenight

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To capture the true spirit of the '80s and '90s, Grande styled her hair into a crimped updo, complete with a pearl choker, embodying the style of the era, while staying true to her own recognizable aesthetic.

In addition, die-hard Whitney fans might also notice Grande’s knee-high metallic boots as a nod to the 1992 film "The Bodyguard."

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