Ariana Grande as Penny Lou Pingleton in 'Hairspray Live!'
Ariana Grande is playing the role of Penny Lou Pingleton in Hairspray Live!, aka the best friend of lead character Tracy Turnblad. In the live production, Grande has an important and powerful duet with fellow cast member Jennifer Hudson and Grande told E! that: The message in the song is exactly what we need right now. Because the hook says, ‘We've come so far, but we've got so far to go,’ which is exactly where we're at right now. It's exactly why we're supposed to be doing this show right now, cosmically. The world needs to hear it in a fun, musical way. It's a message that we need to get out there, you know? Prior to taking on the role, Grande has been promoting her latest single with Nicki Minaj, titled "Side to Side." She has also been enjoying a romance with boyfriend Mac Miller. For more information on Grande's role in Hairspray Live! as well as her relationship news, click through our gallery of her best Hairspray pics. (Instagram)