Jennifer Hudson
Singer–songwriter, actress, spokesperson
Jennifer Hudson
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.
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'The Color Purple' cast album wins Grammy
LATimes - 15 days
“The Color Purple” took home the Grammy Award for musical theater album Sunday during the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles. The cast album features Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson — who played Sofia, Celie and Shug Avery, respectively, in the Broadway production — as principal...
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Luke Bryan Kicks Off Super Bowl LI With National Anthem
Huffington Post - 22 days
#SB51: @LukeBryanOnline opens the Super Bowl with the National Anthem. — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 5, 2017 Luke Bryan started off Super Bowl LI by singing the national anthem, and it looks like he didn’t even need to write the lyrics down on his hand this time.  Ahead of the game, the 40-year-old country singer told Rolling Stone he was pulling for the Atlanta Falcons to win and had been practicing as much as he could.  “You have to not think about what’s going on outside of the stadium,” he said. “It’s almost like, [you] do an unbelievable job for the people in the stadium and then it’ll turn into that. It’s only a little over two minutes long. Get up there and do what I’ve always loved to do: sing for people. And try to take it at that – don’t overthink it.” Bryan follows this year’s halftime performer Lady Gaga, who belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016. Previously, Idina Menzel, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, ...
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2017 Oscar nominations are underway
Chicago Times - about 1 month
Final preparations are underway for the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, which are expected to offer more diversity after two years of the "Oscars So White" backlash. Jennifer Hudson and Brie Larson are among the previous Oscar winners who will announce this year's slate of nominees...
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Revisit Jennifer Hudson Belting Out 'And I'm Telling You' On The 10th Anniversary Of 'Dreamgirls'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Christmas Day marks 10 years since “Dreamgirls” was released in movie theaters. The film, based on the 1981 musical of the same name, starred Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and Anika Noni as the members of a Detroit girl group known as the Dreams.  It went on to earn around $154 million at the worldwide box office and won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture ― Comedy or Musical, while Hudson won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White.  In honor of the film’s 10th anniversary, it’s time to revisit Hudson’s show-stopping rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” which she sings to Jamie Foxx’s character.  You probably can’t hit those high notes, but that’s no reason not to sing along. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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March of Dimes Raises $1.4 Million at 6th Annual Celebration of Babies®: A Hollywood Luncheon
Yahoo News - 3 months
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, raised $1.4 million at the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon, which took at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.The 2016 honorees included Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. ...
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Ariana Grande And Jennifer Hudson Blow Their 'Hairspray Live!' Duet Out Of The Water
Huffington Post - 3 months
When we first found out Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson had a duet in last night’s production of “Hairspray Live!,” we couldn’t wait to watch. And boy, did those powerhouse singers deliver the goods. Hudson and Grande were in top form as Motormouth Maybelle and Penny Pingleton singing “Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)” in the ‘60s-set musical. The song acted as the NBC production’s big finale, with all the other stars coming out to take their bows. VIDEO: @IAMJHUD and @ArianaGrande with the full cast singing "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" on #HairsprayLive — Ariana Grande Update (@DailyArianaNews) December 8, 2016 VIDEO: @IAMJHUD and @ArianaGrande with the full cast singing "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" on #HairsprayLive — Ariana Grande Update (@DailyArianaNews) December 8, 2016 Hudson spoke to E! News about the duet, saying, “It’s exciting, it’s fun. I’m a fan of [Ariana], so it’s ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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March of Dimes Announces Honorees For Annual Celebration of Babies®: A Hollywood Luncheon
Yahoo News - 3 months
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, is pleased to announce the 2016 honorees for the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon , taking place December 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The 2016 honorees include Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is co-chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi, along with producer Wyck Godfrey.
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Top 10 Celebrity Body Transformations of All Time
Huffington Post - 5 months
Be it Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media platform, we all are guilty of following our favorite celebrities. From their clothes to their hair and even partners, we stalk them daily because we want to know more (or even all) about them. Apart from all these, one thing we enjoy most is seeing how they transform their bodies. It is not just about the gain or loss of weight, some celebrities have completely changed the way they look for different reasons. Here is a list of the top 10 celebrities with the most insane body transformations of all time: 1. Caitlyn Jenner No one has made a bigger body transformation than Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner). The 67-year old former Olympian said goodbye to being a man and made history with the most bizarre gender transformation ever. Caitlyn made her debut, by posing for Vanity Fair and had everyone's attention. After this, the star came with her own show "I am Cait" (which has been cancelled) showing peo ...
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Hits keep coming as 'Sing' premieres at Toronto Film Festival - 6 months
TORONTO (Reuters) - Comedy animation feature "Sing" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday to an enthusiastic reception from filmgoers before Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson and singer-songwriter Tori Kelly performed songs from the movie.
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The Difference Between Photographing Fashion And Politics Isn’t As Stark As You’d Think
Huffington Post - 6 months
What does New York Fashion Week have in common with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions? A lot more than you’d think. As NYFW kicks off this week to a mob of models, designers, stylists, editors, bloggers and photographers, the rest of us get backstage access through the unique eyes of Landon Nordeman, a photographer who has been documenting these shows (”spectacles,” as he calls them) in New York, Milan and Paris for four years for New York Magazine and the New York Times. But he also recently shot the Democratic and Republican conventions for Time, to strikingly similar results. So which was more fun, the fashion shows or the political rallies? He told HuffPost that he loves worlds where everything is meant to be gawked at. “I like to be in an event where people are expecting that there are going to be photographers. There is this sort of expectation that there is this celebratory event, [whether a] political rally or fashion show, and people are there to ...
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TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more
LATimes - 6 months
  SUNDAY  Empowering young people is what it’s all about on a new edition of the star-studded special “WE Day.” With Paula Abdul, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, et al. 7 p.m. ABC “I Miss Downton Abbey!” — perhaps...
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For ‘The Color Purple,’ a Delayed Box Office Bump
NYTimes - 8 months
Last week the show grossed $799,021, up 42 percent over the previous week. It was the musical’s best showing since Jennifer Hudson left the cast.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Hudson
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On June 28, 2016, it was announced that Hudson had signed with Epic Records.
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  • 2015
    Age 33
    In January 2015, it was announced that Hudson would be making her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple.
    More Details Hide Details She guest-starred and sang a song in the 10th episode of the first season of Empire. Hudson performed "I Can't Let Go" by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman at the 87th Academy Awards as a tribute to the individuals Hollywood lost in the previous year. She had a role in Spike Lee's musical film, Chi-Raq and was later seen in the HBO film, Confirmation. Hudson has been confirmed to play Motormouth Maybelle in the live NBC telecast of Hairspray. She will also play the female lead alongside Adam Sandler in the Netflix film, Sandy Wexler.
    In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    Hudson's third studio album, JHUD, was released on September 23, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson described the album as more "upbeat" than her previous material. She worked with Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, RedOne, and R. Kelly among others. RedOne said about the material: "It's not dance dance, but it's soulful dance. It's very '70s kinda style". Hudson stated: "What we're doing feels so right that I never want to go home (from the studio). My sister and my manager will be sleeping on the couch while we work until 4 or 5am". Hudson confirmed that a song on the album will be "It's Your World" and features R. Kelly, in an interview with Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross Show. On June 20 she released the music video for "Walk it Out" featuring Timbaland, which is the first single off her upcoming album. On July 3 Hudson announced that the name of her third album is JHUD and would include "different expressions of Hudson as an artist, a girl, and a music lover".
  • 2013
    Age 31
    On November 13, 2013, Hudson was awarded with the 2,512th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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    In October 2013, Hudson starred in the coming of age drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete alongside Jordin Sparks as well as the drama/musical Black Nativity.
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    The 70s stylized uptempo ballad, titled "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)", features T.I. with production by Pharrell, she performed this song alongside Chaka Khan, Evelyn Champagne King, and T.I. at the 2013 Soul Train Awards.
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    On September 21, 2013, a new single from Hudson's forthcoming third studio album was released via her website.
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    She performed "Same Love" with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • 2012
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson guest-starred for a multi-episode arc on the second season of the NBC series, Smash. She sang "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus at Super Bowl XLVII. Hudson sang at the 85th Academy Awards in a tribute to musical films.
  • 2011
    Age 29
    On January 24, 2011 Hudson premiered the album's lead single "Where You At". It was written by R. Kelly and produced by Harvey Mason, Jr. The song went for radio adds that same week. On February 3, 2011 due to radio adds the single made its debut on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 53, having so far reached a peak of number 10.
    More Details Hide Details The music video premiered on BET's 106 & Park and through Vevo in February 2011. "No One Gonna Love You" impacted on Urban adult contemporary radio in the United States in May 2011. A remix bundle titled "No One Gonna Love You-The Remixes" was released as a digital download in the US and the UK in July 2011. The song has reached number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The third US single will be "I Got This". The non-single track "Don't Look Down" reached number 70 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Hudson played a nun in the Farrelly brothers film The Three Stooges (2012).
    Hudson released her second studio album I Remember Me on March 22, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release.
    However, on February 10, 2011, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and revealed she has now lost a total of 80 pounds.
    More Details Hide Details Her 2012 autobiography, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, detailed her weight loss. Early in the album I Remember Mes development, Ne-Yo told E! Online that Hudson was ready to get personal on her second studio album and that he might be producing the album. He said "She's gone through a lot over the last year, so she has a lot to talk about," he continues. "She's definitely gotten stronger. The things that she's gone through and for her to still be upbeat and happy, it's amazing."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her third and most recent album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track "It's Your World".
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In 2010, Hudson became the spokesperson for Weight Watchers.
    More Details Hide Details She has lost in the last year and "does not want to lose any more weight."
    Also, that year, Hudson recorded the song "One Shining Moment" for the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details The telecast generated $61 million in donations as of January 26, 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In August 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child, a boy named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, were found shot dead inside the Chicago home Donnerson shared with Hudson's elder sister, Julia. An AMBER Alert was issued for her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, when Julia reported him missing. Three days later the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed a body found on Chicago's West Side was the nephew; an autopsy indicated the death was due to "multiple gunshot wounds." William Balfour, 27, Julia's estranged husband, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of home invasion and was denied bail. In May 2012 he was convicted on all seven counts against him, including possession of a stolen vehicle. In July 2012, he was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole; served consecutively, followed by an additional 120 years for his other convictions. He is incarcerated in Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois.
    Hudson has been described as a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed at the White House at the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" event. In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, with high-profile performances at Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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    Hudson performed a Christmas special on ABC in December 2009 called Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details During the special, she relived her childhood Christmases with musical performances filmed at her favorite locations in her native Chicago. Hudson also visited family members, friends and other childhood influences during the broadcast.
    She sang "Will You Be There" at the Michael Jackson memorial service in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson recorded "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)," originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips, for American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics — the official American Idol album for the third season. She also performed the song "Easy to be Hard" on the Actors' Fund benefit recording of the musical Hair; and she is featured on Ne-Yo's second album, Because of You, on the track, "Leaving Tonight". Hudson sang "Dancing a Catchy Rhythm" with Brooke White.
    In early May 2009, Hudson suffered "throat fatigue" and had to reschedule her May 16–19, 2009, tour dates.
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    She toured the United States with Robin Thicke in 2009.
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    In February 2009, Hudson made her first public appearance since the murders when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLIII.
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    Her debut album garnered Hudson three nominations at the 2009 Grammy Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Spotlight", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "I'm His Only Woman" with Fantasia Barrino, and Best R&B Album for Jennifer Hudson.
    More Details Hide Details She won the last of these and performed at the awards ceremony.
    However, in January 2009, her label decided to postpone the release of the second single once more until, choosing a February 2009 release date.
    More Details Hide Details After the release of "If This Isn't Love", the single eventually peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 37 on the UK Singles Chart. The third single was announced as "Pocketbook" featuring Ludacris in April 2009, for a June 2009 release, despite speculation that the third single would be "My Heart" after it was canceled as the second single. In May 2009, "Pocketbook" was canceled as the third single due to negative reception from fans and critics alike. The third single was then rescheduled as "Giving Myself" and was released on June 2, 2009 to the US.
    After three of her family members were brutally murdered, the single was rescheduled for a January 2009 release.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    In October 2008, after Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the public eye for three months.
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    Hudson met David Otunga, a professional wrestler in the WWE and a Harvard Law graduate, and the couple became engaged in September 2008.
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    Hudson performed the national anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details The album's second single was to be released in October 2008, and was originally set to be "My Heart" before "If This Isn't Love" was chosen as the official second single.
    She has performed the song, "All Dressed in Love" for the Sex and the City soundtrack, which was released on May 27, 2008.
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    Her debut studio album, Jennifer Hudson was released on September 30, 2008 on Arista and was written by Ne-Yo, who co-produced along with Stargate.
    More Details Hide Details Additional contributors on the album include Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Robin Thicke, Harvey Mason, Jr., Diane Warren, Earl Powell, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, among others. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 217,000 copies in the US and opened to positive reviews. As of August 2009, the album has sold 739,000 copies in the US, receiving a Gold certification for surpassing sales of 500,000.
    Her debut single, "Spotlight" was released on June 10, 2008 and became Hudson's first top 40 hit peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a top 20 hit in the United Kingdom and Turkey.
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    In January 2008, Hudson returned to the studio to record new songs for her debut studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Her label was reportedly unhappy with the direction they were sending Hudson musically and decided it would be best to scrap the older songs and instead focus on new ones. Hudson worked with Ryan Tedder and Timbaland on a number of songs.
    In October 2008, Hudson made her third film appearance in The Secret Life of Bees as Rosaleen, the mother figure of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning). Also starring in the film are fellow Oscar nominees Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo, as well as Alicia Keys. The film opened on October 17, 2008, and grossed over $37 million at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details The film won two People's Choice Awards in January 2009 in the categories, Favorite Drama Movie and Favorite Independent Movie. The film also received nine Black Reel Awards nominations including three wins. Hudson was nominated for her performance in the film, but lost to Queen Latifah. The film also received eight nominations at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards, including a nomination for Hudson for her performance. In 2009, Hudson starred as Kathy Archenault in Fragments, a film based on the novel by Roy Freirich, with Dakota Fanning and Forest Whitaker. The name of the film was changed from "Winged Creatures" to "Fragments". It was released on DVD on August 4, 2009. In 2010, Hudson started filming the biopic film Winnie Mandela based on the South African politician Winnie Mandela starring alongside Terrence Howard and directed by Darrell J. Roodt. Andre Pieterse and Roodt and Paul L. Johnson based the film's script on Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography, Winnie Mandela: A Life. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa have opposed this choice, stating they will push for a moratorium on the film if the casting is not reversed. Winnie Mandela has threatened legal action over this film, claiming she was not "consulted" about the film. Winnie Mandela was originally scheduled to be released in December 2011; the trailer was released in 2010. Image Entertainment released the film on September 6, 2013.
    In May 2008, Hudson appeared in the feature film Sex and the City as Louise, Carrie Bradshaw's assistant.
    More Details Hide Details Filming finished in December 2007 and the movie was released on May 30, 2008.
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    Hudson said on The Tyra Banks Show, on February 23, 2007, that she just finished the first song for the album.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson also recorded a song she co-wrote with Bill Grainer and Earl Powell called "Stand Up", which was available for preview on her fan website. The track was produced by Chicago natives Powell and Herman Little III, who also arranged the song. The power-ballad would later become available on the deluxe edition of Hudson's self-titled album as a bonus track.
    On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hudson announced plans to enter the studio in March 2007.
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    In the interview she stated the song would be included on her debut album, to be released in early 2007; however, this was before she was signed to a record label.
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    She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 18, along with 115 other individuals for 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Entertainment Weekly put her performance on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Sure, Beyoncé's performance was great. And Eddie Murphy's was impressive. But there was really only one reason we all rushed to see 2006's Dreamgirls: Jennifer Hudson's soul-to-the-rafters rendition of the classic 'And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going'. When she sang 'You're gonna love me,' it wasn't just a lyric — it was a fact."
    Later in 2007, the mayor of her home town, Chicago, Richard M. Daley, declared March 6 as "Jennifer Hudson Day".
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    On February 25, 2007, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
    More Details Hide Details During her acceptance speech, Hudson said: "Oh, my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn't think I was going to win. If my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration." She also concluded her speech by thanking Jennifer Holliday.
    On February 11, 2007, the 60th British Academy Film Awards were held in London, but Hudson was not there to accept her award for BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    More Details Hide Details The BAFTA Award went missing and Hudson did not receive her award until April 22, 2011, when it was presented to her on the Graham Norton Show.
    With the March 2007 issue, Jennifer Hudson became the third African-American celebrity and the first African-American singer to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.
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    The Dreamgirls track became Hudson's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart on February 24, 2007. "Love You I Do" was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
    More Details Hide Details As Effie White, Hudson has garnered 29 awards from film critics as Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performer of 2006. She won the Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In addition, she has been named Best Supporting Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and also by the Screen Actors Guild. After seeing Hudson's performance in Dreamgirls, Simon Cowell taped a congratulatory message to her, which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 24
    In November 2006, Hudson signed a record deal with Arista Records.
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    In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, "Over It," live on Fox Chicago Morning News.
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  • 2004
    Age 22
    Hudson received the highest number of votes in the "Top 9" after her performance of Elton John's "Circle of Life" on April 6, 2004, but two weeks later was eliminated during the "Top 7" show after performing Barry Manilow's, "Weekend in New England."
    More Details Hide Details The bottom three consisting of three African-American females led to controversy. In May 2009, MTV listed Hudson as the sixth greatest American Idol and noted her exit was the most shocking of all time. In May 2010, the Los Angeles Times claimed Hudson to be the third greatest Idol contestant in the history of the show, placing behind season one winner Kelly Clarkson and season four winner Carrie Underwood. In one of her first appearances on a record, Hudson is featured in a duet, "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be", on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.
    She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta commenting that she had been singing on Disney Cruise Lines (aboard the Disney Wonder) for the past few months (as one of the Muses from Hercules); and contestant judge Randy Jackson said, "We're expecting more than a cruise ship performance from you."
  • 2002
    Age 20
    In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label.
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  • 1999
    Age 17
    Hudson began dating James Payton in 1999, when she was 18.
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    She was raised as a Baptist in Englewood and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details She cites Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle as her overall biggest influences and inspiration. At the age of 7, she got her start in performing by singing with the church choir and doing community theater with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia. She enrolled at Langston University but she left after a semester due to homesickness and unhappiness with the weather, and registered at Kennedy–King College.
  • 1981
    Hudson was born on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details She is the third and youngest child of Darnell Donnerson (November 7, 1950 – October 24, 2008) and Samuel Simpson (died 1999).
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