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The Hairspray Live! Cast Just Killed The Mannequin Challenge During Their Star-Studded Rehearsal! Watch!

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You can't stop the beat… unless, of course, you press pause!

And, that's exactly what the cast of Hairspray Live! did when they took on the Mannequin Challenge! On Thursday, most of the show's stars held perfect poses for nearly two minutes in their take on the viral trend.

Video: Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Do The Mannequin Challenge In The Delivery Room!

Rather than playing Rae Sremmurd's song Black Beatles in the background like most clips have done, the NBC musical aptly opted to use their cast's recording of You Can't Stop The Beat!

The AH-mazing video shows off stars Derek Hough, Shahadi Wright, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Ephraim Sykes, newcomer Maddie Baillio, and the ensemble cast frozen in the midst of rehearsals.

Ariana Grande's pop star presence was only represented by her character photo displayed on one of the monitors, but that's probably because the singer didn't even start rehearsals until Friday, according to her Snapchat story.

Watch the talented cast totally slay in the HIGHlarious clip (above)!

This vid is soooo good that we can't WAIT to see how the live musical turns out!

Plus, we're still dying to see fellow cast members Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, and Billy Eichner in action!

Hairspray Live! airs on December 7 on NBC!

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Hairspray Live! Steals Rocky Horror's Thunder With Its First Official Cast Photo! Look!

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteRosie O'DonnellJennifer HudsonKristin ChenowethDerek HoughAriana GrandeBilly Eichner

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Well aren't they the nicest kids in town?!

In honor of FOX's Rocky Horror Picture Show Event on Thursday night, NBC decided to steal some thunder on Wednesday by sharing a first look at their Hairspray Live! cast photo.

And we have to say… the all-star cast — including Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Garrett Clayton, and Dove Cameron, just to name a few — couldn't have looked better in character!

EXCLUSIVE: FOX's Rocky Horror Picture Show Takes On The Time Warp!

Unfortunately, a few of the supporting actors like Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Eichner, and Sean Hayes didn't quite make the first photo… but there's still some time to go before the show opens Wednesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC!

Plus, we have to give some credit to newbie Maddie Baillio for stealing the scene as Tracy Turnblad!

Ch-ch-check out the first look at the Hairspray Live! cast in character (below)!!!

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Michael Moore Compares Donald Trump To American Idol's Fantasia — Quote Of The Day!

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"Remember Kaitlyn — we all thought she was gonna go with Nick, and she picked Shawn on The Bachelorette. Jennifer Hudson lost on American Idol — our fellow Americans voted for Fantasia! I'm telling you, sh*t happens in America. They thought Jennifer Hudson had it in the bag. Don't let Fantasia win on Nov. 8!"

- Michael Moore, speaking about Election Day after a special screening of his new Donald Trump-centered concert film TrumpLand.

[Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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Gavin Rossdale Follows Gwen Stefani & Becomes A Coach On The Voice UK! And Jennifer Hudson Is Joining Him!

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Well, this is an interesting move!

Ever since his split from Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale has been on the lookout for love.

Now, it looks like the Bush frontman will be settling down once again… to be a coach on the next season of The Voice UK!

Video: Jennifer & Tori Kelly's Perform Hallelujah At Sing World Premiere!

The British edition of the hit series announced that Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson will take a spin on those giant rotating chairs for the upcoming season of the singing competition!

The newbies will join veteran coach will.i.am, who has been on all five seasons, as well as legendary singer Tom Jones, who is returning to the hit series after winning the inaugural season.

Rossdale said he was "thrilled" to be joining the show, sharing:

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You HAVE To See Jennifer Hudson & Tori Kelly's Haunting Performance Of Hallelujah At The World Premiere Of Sing!

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It's a musical miracle!

Tori Kelly is just one of the many stars lending their voices to the upcoming film Sing, which follows a group of animals with big dreams who compete in a singing competition.

And to get us ready for the musical showdown, the Hollow songstress — who plays a timid teenage elephant in the animated film — showed off her tusks pipes after the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival!

Kelly took the stage with Jennifer Hudson, and the two belted out a powerful performance of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah that totally brought down the house.

Related: Jennifer, R. Kelly, Weezer, & 200 More Defend Pharrell Against Blurred Lines Verdict!

The performers also got some solo stage time — J.Hud put a gospel spin on The Beatles' Carry That Weight and Kelly crooned Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry About A Thing!

Good thing this wasn't a competition, because we can't decide who we love more! Ch-ch-check out clips of all the performances (below) — and see Sing in theaters December 21!

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ICYMI: Over 200 Musicians — Including Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly, & Weezer — Defend Pharrell Against 'Dangerous' Blurred Lines Verdict!

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Last week, it was reported that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke clapped back hard at that Blurred Lines lawsuit — appealing the verdict that they committed copyright infringement against Marvin Gaye's Got to Give It Up.

Throughout the drawn out court battle, the singers expressed the sentiment that paying homage to an earlier era and making a song reminiscent of a sound shouldn't fall under copyright infringement.

And it looks like a TON of musicians agree — because 212 artists, composers, and producers have filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the bid by Williams, Thicke, and T.I. to overturn the decision.

Related: Ed Sheeran Sued For Stealing From Marvin Gaye!

Musicians from all corners of the industry have banded together to support the appeal, claiming that the Blurred Lines creators deserve victory on grounds that the court's ruling will set a precedent that will "stifle creativity" and "impede the creative process."

Among those who threw their names in the ring are the members of Train, Linkin Park, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Black Crowes, Fall Out Boy, as well as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Hall & Oates' John Oates, R. Kelly, Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Hudson, Jean Baptiste, Evan Bogart and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse).

The artist's brief, penned by entertainment attorney Ed McPherson, states:

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