Watch Jennifer Hudson's Scene-Stealing 'Hairspray Live!' Number "Big, Blonde and Beautiful"

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Hudson played Motormouth Maybelle, the Baltimore DJ and record store owner who was played by Queen Latifah in the 2007 musical adaptation.

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."

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 by rap great Queen Latifah in the 2007 musical adaptation.

Watch the performance below.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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