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Vanessa Hudgens gave the performance of her career on live TV tonight, and it was so emotional!

This is one for the books folks. Grease: Live aired tonight on Fox and WOW, it was awesome. There were so many amazing performances from the cast, but only one show stealer, and that was High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. I admit, I underestimated her. Rizzo is one of the most iconic roles of all time, and I wasn't sure I had seen anything from the 27-year-old actress to prove she could carry it — until tonight. Just hours before Grease: Live aired, the heartbroken star took to her Twitter to announce that her father had passed away from cancer.

She could have bowed out, I'm sure they had an understudy cast, right? But she didn't. Instead, for Vanessa, the show had to go on, and it did. In fact, she even dedicated her performance to him.

Vanessa proved she belongs with the A-listers with her live, emotional rendition of 'There Are Worst Things I Could Do' from Grease, and it absolutely brought the house down! The vocals, the emotion, it will give you ALL THE FEELS! It also gave new meaning to the song, knowing what must have been going through her head while she sang, remembering her father. She has come so far since High School Musical, and it will move you to tears!

Seriously, did she kill it or what? Her performance was awe inspiring, and fans and celebrities alike took to Twitter to praise her bravery and talent as well.

In case you aren't crying yet, the show itself also showed its support to Vanessa by officially dedicating the show to her late father as the last shot aired.

And I'm a mess...

As an HSM fan, I am BEYOND proud of Vanessa's talent and bravery tonight. Many people would not have been able to give the performance she did under those circumstances. When you watch the original Rizzo in Grease, it becomes even clearer how well Vanessa took on the role, adding her own elements, but keeping the things that made Rizzo great!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vanessa and her family, and we are so grateful to have been able to see Vanessa shine like she did tonight. No doubt her father is proud, we sure are.

Here, to end on a happy note...


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