Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson close Hairspray Live! with powerhouse duet

Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson brought the house down with their incredible duet on Hairspray Live! on Wednesday night (07Nov16).

The duo were just two of the names involved in the star-studded NBC production, which also saw Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur wowing the audience.

Ariana starred as Penny Pingleton in the show, while Jennifer played Motormouth Maybelle, but it was their performance of Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) which closed the live broadcast that really showcased the pair’s incredible vocal talents.


Speaking previously about the song, Jennifer told E! News: “It’s exciting, it’s fun. I’m a fan of (Ariana), so it’s like, we get to sing together – when I found that out I was like, ‘Oh yes, let’s get into it.’ It’s another cool thing I get to add to my list, that’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, Ariana said the message of the song was more important now than ever, adding to the outlet: “The hook says, ‘We’ve come so far, but we’ve got so far to go,’ which is exactly where we’re at right now. It’s exactly why we’re supposed to be doing this show right now, cosmically. The world needs to hear it in a fun musical way, it’s a message that we need to get out there.”

The number acted as the curtain call for the rest of the cast, who were understandably beaming from ear to ear following a successful live performance with only a couple of snags.

Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick continued her tradition of live tweeting through these live television musicals, with her hilarious tweets including: “Can I please be J.Hud in a purple push-up bra when I grow up?? #HairsprayLive.”

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland also commented on Jennifer’s bra choice, writing: “I own a purple push up bra too #JHud Although I don’t think it has the same effect. #hairspraylive.”

Other stars to take to their social media pages to praise the cast of the live production included Jennifer Lopez: “Loving #hairspraylive !!!!” Jennifer wrote, before sharing a teaser video for the next musical alongside the caption, “I am SO excited to be a part of NBC’s next live musical #ByeByeBirdieLive!”

Meanwhile, Ariana’s brother Frankie was quick to praise his sibling for her incredible performance, writing: “OMG! @ArianaGrande is SLAYING #HairsprayLive! She’s perf as Penny! Like I peed when she said ‘I don’t hear anything maybe it’s the altitude’.”

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