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Vanessa Hudgens pays tribute to Kennedy Center honoree Debbie Allen by performing Fame in tiny skirt


Vanessa Hudgens and the company of the Broadway musical Fame performed the title song from the much-heralded musical in celebration of Kennedy Center honoree Debbie Allen.

And the High School Musical alum was front and center belting out the classic 1980 tune in a well choreographed video, which aired during the ceremony on CBS June 6, that’s currently streaming on Paramount+.

The High School Musical alum showed off her vocals, dance skills and rock-solid petite curves in a skimpy black skirt and yellow cropped top ensemble.

Tribute: Vanessa Hudgens and the company of the Broadway musical Fame performed the title song from the much-heralded musical in celebration of Kennedy Center honoree Debbie Allen

Front and center: The High School Musical alum belted out the classic 1980 tune in a well choreographed video, which aired during the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors special

Front and center: The High School Musical alum belted out the classic 1980 tune in a well choreographed video, which aired during the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors special

The video kicks off with the familiar opening riff to the iconic title song from Fame with an array of dancers on the steps at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Once the dancers make their way down the narrow stairs to an open area, Hudgens comes strutting out double doors with several more dancers by her side.

It’s at this point that she delivers the classic opening lyrics: ‘Baby look at me – And tell me what you see – You ain’t seen the best of me yet – Give me time I’ll make you forget the rest.’

Iconic opening: The video kicks off with the song's familiar opening with an array of dancers on the steps at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Iconic opening: The video kicks off with the song’s familiar opening with an array of dancers on the steps at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Grand entrance: Once the dancers make their way down the narrow stairs to an open area, Hudgens comes strutting out double doors with several more dancers by her side

Grand entrance: Once the dancers make their way down the narrow stairs to an open area, Hudgens comes strutting out double doors with several more dancers by her side

Lyrics begin: Hudgens then delivers the classic opening lyrics: 'Baby look at me - And tell me what you see - You ain't seen the best of me yet - Give me time I'll make you forget the rest'

Lyrics begin: Hudgens then delivers the classic opening lyrics: ‘Baby look at me – And tell me what you see – You ain’t seen the best of me yet – Give me time I’ll make you forget the rest’

Rising up: Dressed in a tiny black wrap skirt and a yellow cropped top, the singer and actress was lifted onto a picnic table, positioned in a grassy area

Rising up: Dressed in a tiny black wrap skirt and a yellow cropped top, the singer and actress was lifted onto a picnic table, positioned in a grassy area

The tiny black wrap skirt showcased her firm figure and her uppers legs. 

But in a nod to the popular film, television series and musical, she wore burgundy stockings up to her knees and white tube socks that resembled leg warmers, which were a 1980s fad, compliments, in part, to the success of Fame.

For an added touch, she left her crop top unbuttoned, donned a pair of white sneakers, and had her raven tresses pulled up into a stylish ponytail.

It didn’t take long before two dancers lifted Hudgens up onto a picnic table, positioned in a grassy area. 

80s fashion: In a nod to the popular film, television series and musical, she wore burgundy stockings up to her knees and white tube socks that resembled leg warmers, which were a 1980s fad, compliments, in part, to the success of Fame

80s fashion: In a nod to the popular film, television series and musical, she wore burgundy stockings up to her knees and white tube socks that resembled leg warmers, which were a 1980s fad, compliments, in part, to the success of Fame

Making a move: From there, the actress and singer, 32, led the troupe into the street

Making a move: From there, the actress and singer, 32, led the troupe into the street

Leader of the pack: Hudgens led the group into another well-choreographed dance routine for the bridge of the song as they all congregated together

Leader of the pack: Hudgens led the group into another well-choreographed dance routine for the bridge of the song as they all congregated together

While dancing on the table the tune reached the iconic lyrics heading into the catchy chorus.

‘Remember my name – Fame – I’m gonna live forever – I’m gonna learn how to fly – High – I fell it coming together – People will see me and cry – Fame – I’m gonna make it to heaven – Light up the sky like a flame – Fame – I’m gonna live forever – Baby remember my name.’

From there, the actress and singer, 32, led the troupe into the street that morphed into another dance routine for the bridge of the song as they all congregated together. 

Hudgens and company ended by busting out all the moves around a classic yellow checkered cab from yesteryear. 

Blast from the past: The sequence then shifted to a classic yellow checkered cab

 Blast from the past: The sequence then shifted to a classic yellow checkered cab

Building momentum: The dancers all gathered as they stepped up the intensity

Building momentum: The dancers all gathered as they stepped up the intensity

Fam crescendo: Hudgens and company ended by busting out all the moves around the yellow checkered cab, with an overhead look

Fam crescendo: Hudgens and company ended by busting out all the moves around the yellow checkered cab, with an overhead look

With the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences were not able to enjoy the live tribute of performances typically played out during the annual ceremony.

The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors special aired on CBS on June 6, but it can be streamed on Paramount+.

Kennedy Center honorees are recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television, and are confirmed by the Executive Committee of the Center’s Board of Trustees.         

Allen, a three-time winner for Choreography for the series Fame and The Motown 25th Anniversary Special, was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the film (1980). Although her role in the film was relatively small, Lydia became a central figure in the television adaptation, which ran from 1982 to 1987.

Say cheese: Hudgens, 32,  posed with some of the dancer for a photo for social media

Say cheese: Hudgens, 32,  posed with some of the dancer for a photo for social media

Along with Allen, this year’s Kennedy Center recipients also included Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Midori, and Dick Van Dyke.

‘I am truly humbled to be named a Kennedy Center Honoree 2020. This is so much more than our nation’s Highest Artistic Award, it is a measure of how my footprint has resonated as a path of light over the years and in this time of tremendous uncertainty, fear, and search for hope,’ said Debbie Allen in a statement reported by Broadway World

‘This glorious achievement I share with my family, mentors, and students who have inspired and pushed me all the way. I look forward to being part of a fresh start for America and reminding the world how essential the Performing Arts are in our lives. Much Gratitude.’

Honoree: Allen, a three-time winner for Choreography for the series Fame and The Motown 25th Anniversary Special, was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the film (1980). She would see her role became a central figure in the television adaptation, which ran from 1982 to 1987

Honoree: Allen, a three-time winner for Choreography for the series Fame and The Motown 25th Anniversary Special, was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the film (1980). She would see her role became a central figure in the television adaptation, which ran from 1982 to 1987



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