Hours before Grease Live! started yesterday, Vanessa Hudgens, who starred as Rizzo, announced on Twitter that her father had passed away from cancer the night before. She performed despite this and in his honor, delivering a performance so incredible, critics and Twitter were blown away. But it was her rendition of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" that was her real standout moment. Her rendition is so moving, it's hard not get teary watching.
The show was dedicated to Hudgens' father:
Sweet dedication at the end #GreaseLive pic.twitter.com/iK2qgbeSqOFebruary 1, 2016
And celebrities wasted no time congratulating Vanessa on her remarkable work, strength, and showmanship after the production wrapped. Her sister and boyfriend, Austin Butler posted heartwarming messages:
Along with her High School Musical costars:
I wouldn't expect anything less @VanessaHudgens is killing it! So proud of my girl #GreaseLiveFebruary 1, 2016
@VanessaHudgens Couldn't be more proud of and in awe of you! What you channeled tonight was magical! Your father is watching and smiling ❤️February 1, 2016
And other fans and friends in Hollywood:
So so proud! You are an amazing lady--talented, strong and sweet! ❤️❤️ @VanessaHudgensFebruary 1, 2016
My prayers are with @VanessaHudgens today.. You are one strong, and admirable woman. 🙏🏼💗 #GreaseLiveJanuary 31, 2016
My dear @VanessaHudgens, you were absolutely perfect on @GoGrease.. Your strength is inspiring. What a smile your father must have.February 1, 2016
That was so fun!!! @GoGrease I'm so proud of you @VanessaHudgens you were incredible ❤️February 1, 2016
@VanessaHudgens has blown me away! I cannot believe, given her circumstances, how amazing she was tonight. Wow. Beyond impressedFebruary 1, 2016
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