Vanessa Hudgens delivers spectacular 'Grease: Live!' performance despite the loss of father hours earlier

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Vanessa Hudgens Dazzles in 'Grease: Live' Just Hours After Her Father's Death

Vanessa Hudgens delivered a stand-out performance during Fox's amazing production of Grease: Live! on Sunday, hours after revealing the news that her father had died.

The 27-year-old High School Musical alum brought the house down with her stunning, sassy performance as Betty Rizzo, which she dedicated to her late father, who died Saturday after a long battle with cancer.

See photos from "Grease: Live!" rehearsals:

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Vanessa Hudgens delivers spectacular 'Grease: Live!' performance despite the loss of father hours earlier
GREASE: LIVE: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE): (L-R) Actresses Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' and Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' during the dress rehearsal for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Cole Whittle and Joe Jonas as Johnny Casono rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' and Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zukorehearse for GREASE: LIVE a iring LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' and Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' and Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Carly Rae Jepsen as 'Frenchy' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer as Cha-Cha and Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Juliane Hough as 'Sandy' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Cast rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Carly Rae Jepsen as 'Frenchy' and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Kether Donohue as 'Jan', Carly Rae Jepsen as 'Frenchy', Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' and Keke Palmer 'Marty' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Boyz II Men and Cast rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko, Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' and Didi Conn as Vi rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) David Del Rio as 'Putzie', Jordan Fisher as Doody, Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Aaron Tveit as 'Danny Zuko and Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE): The cast during the dress rehearsal for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE): Actress/singer Carly Rae Jepsen as 'Frenchy' during the dress rehearsal for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE): Actress Julianne Hough (C) as 'Sandy' during the dress rehearsal for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Julianne Hough as 'Sandy' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
GREASE: LIVE: Keke Palmer 'Marty' rehearses for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX via Getty Images)
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SEE MORE: Vanessa Hudgens' Father Greg Dies of Cancer

Hudgens, who was part of a star-studded cast that included Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carlos PenaVega and Keke Palmer, showed off her acting chops yet again by perfectly embodying the spirit of the beloved character.

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Additionally, her powerful and captivating performance of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" set the bar for solo numbers in the entire production.

Even in the face of personal tragedy, Hudgens' smile, her laugh and her delivery never faltered for even a moment, and she added some extra spark to the already dazzling display.

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In the final moments of the broadcast, the show honored her father in the credits with a special chyron reading, "In loving memory of Greg Hudgens."

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Even in the hours leading up to her father's passing, Hudgens was the epitome of a performance professional.

ETonline was in the live studio audience during Saturday's Grease: Live! dress rehearsal, and you would never know that Hudgens was dealing with a personal tragedy. In between takes, the former Disney darling stayed in character as the sharp-tongued Rizzo, and she was all smiles even when the cameras weren't rolling.

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Hudgens revealed the news of her dad's death on Twitter hours before the show was set to kick off.

"I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer," she wrote, which was retweeted by her 20-year-old sister, Stella Hudgens. "Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers."

For more on Hudgen's late father, who had been battling cancer for months, watch the video below.

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