Hairspray Live, Jennifer Hudson


If you thought Hairspray Live's big moment was Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson's duet, well, then you were correct. But before that happened, Hudson brought the house down with "I Know Where I've Been." Lest you forget Hudson, who got her start on American Idol, has an Oscar. This was your reminder—and what a reminder it was.

"YES COME ON JEN!!!! #HairsprayLive @IAMJHUD Show them all," Hudson's The Color Purple costar Cynthia Erivo tweeted. Hey, she was basically speaking for all of us.

After the live broadcast, JHud took to Instagram and said, "Hair spray [sic] went live! Oh but we made it! Thank u Jesus !!!"

The accolades kept rolling in from celebrities across the entertainment spectrum.

"My goosebumps have goosebumps. Thank you @IAMJHUD," Debra Messing tweeted.

"@IAMJHUD and that voice are truly a national treasure. That was a show stopper. ‘I know where I've been' #HairsprayLive," Laverne Cox shared.

"Settle in kids, this controlled vibrato is going to make everything feel like it's gonna be okay. #JHud #HairsprayLive," Anna Kendrick tweeted.

"I mean Jennifer Hudson is just so beyond, houses being brought down all across America #HairsprayLive," Michelle Collins said.

See the show-stopping number above.

Hudson costarred as Motormouth Maybelle opposite Grande, Derek Hough, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Garrett Clayton, Dove Cameron, Maddie Baillio and Ephraim Sykes in NBC's live production of Hairspray. Queen Latifah played Motormouth Maybelle in the 2007 movie version of the Hairspray musical.

Hudson won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Dreamgirls. She also took home a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 2008 for her self-titled album.

What do you think of Hudson's breakout Hairspray moment?

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