Jennifer Hudson made her triumphant entrance in Hairspray Live!


HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Season: 2016 -- Pictured: (l-r) back row: Ephraim Skyes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle; middle row: Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, front row: Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez, Derek Hough as Corny Collins — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)

Coming off the bench halfway through the event, Jennifer Hudson made her triumphant entrance in Hairspray Live! with the show-stopping number «Big, Blonde and Beautiful.» She followed that up with the even bigger ballad «I Know Where I’ve Been,» showing off her full, peerless vocal range.

Hudson plays Motormouth Maybelle, the Baltimore DJ and record store owner who convinces protagonist Tracy Turnblad’s mother Edna to embrace her curves before appearing on live television. The role was played by R&B legend Ruth Brown in the original 1988 film version, and rap great Queen Latifah in the 2007 musical adaptation.

Watch video of the performance below.