American Idol’s Jennifer Hudson Wows on Hairspray Live! (VIDEO)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Pictured: (l-r) Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez -- (Photo by: NBC)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Pictured: (l-r) Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle -- (Photo by: NBC)

One of the highlights of NBC’s musical production, Hairspray Live! was certainly Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle. The American Idol season 3 singer was perfection as the brassy, outspoken DJ and owner of a local record store.

Watch her belt out the self-love anthem, “Big Blond and Beautiful” and then I defy you to stay dry eyed as she takes Universal Studios to church with the stirring “I Know Where I’ve Been.” All the shoes were thrown! Every single one. Oscar…Grammy and maybe an Emmy is next…

Jennifer Hudson performs “Big Blond and Beautiful” – Hairspray Live!

Jennifer Hudson performs “I Know Where I’ve Been” – Hairspray Live!

Hairspray Live! stars Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, newcomer Maddie Baillio, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, Billy Eichner and Rosie O’Donnell.

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