Jennifer Hudson

Singer–songwriter + Actress + Spokesperson
Born Sep 12, 1981

Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol coming in seventh place. She made her film debut in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.… Read More

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1981 Birth Hudson was born on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois. … Read More


1999 17 Years Old 1 More Event
She was raised as a Baptist in Englewood and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999. … Read More


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In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, "Over It," live on Fox Chicago Morning News.
…  Hudson's version of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" debuted at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the January 13, 2007, issue.
As a singer, Hudson has released three studio albums. Her debut album Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. The record was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
After three of her family members were brutally murdered, the single was rescheduled for a January 2009 release.
On January 22, 2010, Hudson appeared on the telethon "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief", performing the Beatles' "Let it Be". … Read More
Her second album I Remember Me, released in 2011, also debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. … Read More


2012 30 Years Old The day after the death of Whitney Houston, Hudson paid tribute to her by singing Houston's iconic "I Will Always Love You" during the 54th Grammy Awards held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
She performed "Same Love" with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
2014 32 Years Old Hudson's third studio album, JHUD, was released on September 23, 2014. … Read More
2015 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple.
2016 34 Years Old On June 28, 2016, it was announced that Hudson had signed with Epic Records.
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