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You May Know This ‘Dreamgirls’ Classic, But ‘Glee’s’ Amber Riley Makes Sure You’ll Never Forget It

As if she needed to sing "you're gonna love me."

Here's your reminder that Amber Riley has a gorgeous, out-of-this-world, and awe-inspiring voice — as if you actually needed one of those.

The Glee alum took to the stage at the 2017 Olivier Awards in London last weekend to perform "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," arguably the most-recognized song from Dreamgirls. Just FYI: this awards show is the British equivalent of the Tonys, so it's a pretty big deal.

Riley currently stars as Effie White — inspired by Supremes member Florence Ballard and previously played by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in the '80s (winning a Tony) as well as Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film version (winning an Oscar) — in the West End adaptation.

Sit back, relax, and just try not to fall out of your chair in amazement of this showstopper:

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Of course, we already knew Riley could belt out this Dreamgirls number, as she delivered a cover of it way back on season 1 of Glee. Talk about an epic #TBT, right? Check out that performance here:

Having received rave reviews for Dreamgirls, Riley found herself nominated for Best Actress in a Musical and took home the coveted trophy at the end of the night.

Everyone in the audience went crazy for Riley's performance, drawing praise from Holliday herself — a high honor, indeed — and Lin-Manuel Miranda — who might be getting the 31-year-old some desired tickets to the the hottest ticket in NYC: Hamilton.

Elsewhere at the show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took home a record-breaking number of trophies in Olivier Awards history, snagging nine in total. Accolades included Best Actor (for Harry Potter portrayer Jamie Parker), Best Supporting Actor (for Scorpius Malfoy portrayer Anthony Boyle), Best Supporting Actress (for Hermione Granger portrayer Noma Dumezweni), Best Director (for John Tiffany), and Best New Play — among others.

What a great celebration for the London theater scene, huh?

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