We knew that the rousing viral sensation that is "Let it Go" would pull out all of the stops to showcase the stand-out "Frozen" number at the 2014 Oscars... But even we weren't expecting how much singer Idina Menzel would absolutely crush her performance.
If her Broadway-vet vocal acrobatics weren't enough of a vehicle to properly show off the music and lyrics written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, maybe over 100,000 Swarovski crystals would do the trick? The Austrian ground-glass pieces were shipped in by the truck-load to make sure the Oscar stage would have just that right amount of frozen, icy shine.
But even they didn't distract from Menzel's gorgeous performance, which shined past the giant snowflake in the back of the stage.
Since the song debuted on November 25, 2013 it has been certified platinum in the United States, reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker Charts and been nominated for seven major awards, winning all but two (with a third to be determined tonight at the Oscars).
In addition, "Let it Go" has become a viral sensation, inspiring numerous covers and imitators around the world. Not to mention it also got an official cover by none other than Demi Lovato... And helped fuel a possible future Broadway musical version of "Frozen."
...And then the duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won the Oscar for Best Song, hilariously rhyming everyone's names while fighting off tears. Awww.