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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Jennifer Hudson To Play Aretha Franklin In Biopic
Huffington Post - 25 days
Clive Davis announced the news at his pre-Grammys party.
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A pioneer against prejudice
Chicago Times - about 2 months
It may seem odd that a 79-year-old white woman would feel kinship with the super star Jennifer Hudson. But as I read the Jan. 5 Tribune article on her experiences dealing with prejudice, it brought back some not-so-fun memories from long ago. I entered the corporate world in 1967, when most women...
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Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga split
CNN - 3 months
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga have split after 10 years.
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Kim Kardashian Deletes Message About Manchester Attack After Backlash
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Jennifer Hudson And Kelly Clarkson Set To Join 'The Voice' As Coaches
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and others help celebrate Clive Davis at the Tribeca Film Festival
Reuters.com - 10 months
The music legend's documentary, "Clive David: The Soundtrack of our Lives," kicks of the festival with a star-studded concert. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston After Clive Davis Doc Opens Tribeca
Huffington Post - 10 months
The Tribeca Film Festival knows how to nail a kickoff. By the time the crowd was exiting Radio City Music Hall after the world premiere of the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” on Wednesday night, Jennifer Hudson had paid tribute to Leonard Cohen and Whitney Houston, Carly Simon had sung “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and Aretha Franklin had one-upped everyone in an enveloping white gown that sparkled all the way to the rafters. Tribeca often opens its annual festival with a glittery entertainment-industry showcase. In 2014, the Nas doc “Time Is Illmatic” led into a full performance of “Illmatic” from Nas himself. In 2015, Ludacris took the stage after the “Saturday Night Live” documentary, because why not? Last year’s premiere of the Met Gala doc “The Last Monday in May” skipped the musical finale, but Tribeca more than made up for it this year, parading out Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as the aforementioned acts, for an hourlong co...
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Jennifer Hudson Teaches Stephen Colbert A Thing Or Two About Gospel Music
Huffington Post - 10 months
When the spirit moves Jennifer Hudson, she doesn’t need much prompting to burst out in song. The singer and actress spontaneously showed off her incredible vocal range while appearing as a guest on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” on Monday.   Hudson, who is promoting her new Netflix movie “Sandy Wexler,” told Colbert that she grew up singing gospel music at church. Her first solo happened on an Easter Sunday, when she was just seven years old.  But while singing the old hymn, “Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone,” she said she forgot the words and the congregation had to help her out.  Colbert asked Hudson if she had a favorite hymn today. This time, the Grammy Award-winning artist showed no signs of stage fright, diving into an impromptu rendition of the spiritual, “Talk About A Child Who Do Love Jesus.” Colbert seemed to be a fan, saying, “If I wasn’t a Christian when that song started, I would be when that song was over.”   Watch Jennifer Hudson’s ...
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Jennifer Hudson Looked Incredible Wearing Two Different Looks In One Day
Huffington Post - 10 months
While you were sitting at your desk wishing away the work day, Jennifer Hudson was painting the town floral and black velvet.  Hudson was out in New York City Monday to promote her new Netflix movie “Sandy Wexler,” but if you ask us, she was really just walking around looking amazing in two different outfits.  There was the sweet long-sleeved floral mini-dress she wore on “Good Morning America”:  And a teeny-tiny black velvet dress with a matching cape and flashy silver pumps she wore for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”: Like, seriously teeny.  And because Hudson speaks to both our souls and soles, she was also spotted wearing each look with a pair of slip-on loafers between appearances.  Jennifer Hudson: Our flat shoe-wearing dreamgirl for life.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58efbeb7e4b0b9e9848a4be0,5849607de4b064104145dc24,57711771e4b017b379f66187 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Pos...
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Jennifer Hudson Says Her New Netflix Comedy Reflects Her Real-Life Career
Huffington Post - 11 months
Jennifer Hudson says her love for Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” was a factor in agreeing to her latest film, “Sandy Wexler.” The ‘90s-themed Netflix original film ― directed by and starring Adam Sandler, along with Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour and Hudson ― follows hapless Hollywood talent manager Sandy Wexler (played by Sandler) as his work-life balance is tested when he sparks a romance with his client and aspiring singer Courtney Clarke (played by Hudson). The film marks Hudson’s debut in a comedy film, and she told The Huffington Post that starring alongside Sandler was one of her best career experiences.  “I’ve always wanted to do a comedy. And so, when I got that call from Adam to come meet with him to talk about me playing Courtney, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Of course I would want to do this,’” Hudson said. “Then he said, ‘It’s like a comedic version of “The Bodyguard,”’ and right there I was sold,” she continued. “Like...
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'The Color Purple' cast album wins Grammy
LATimes - about 1 year
“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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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On June 28, 2016, it was announced that Hudson had signed with Epic Records.
  • 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.
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    In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple.
  • 2014
    Age 32
    Hudson's third studio album, JHUD, was released on September 23, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    On November 13, 2013, Hudson was awarded with the 2,512th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    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.
    On September 21, 2013, a new single from Hudson's forthcoming third studio album was released via her website.
    She performed "Same Love" with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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    Hudson released her second studio album I Remember Me on March 22, 2011.
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    However, on February 10, 2011, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and revealed she has now lost a total of 80 pounds.
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    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    In 2010, Hudson became the spokesperson for Weight Watchers.
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    Also, that year, Hudson recorded the song "One Shining Moment" for the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
    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".
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  • 2009
    Age 27
    In August 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child, a boy named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.
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    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.
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    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.
    Hudson performed a Christmas special on ABC in December 2009 called Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas.
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    She sang "Will You Be There" at the Michael Jackson memorial service in July 2009.
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    In early May 2009, Hudson suffered "throat fatigue" and had to reschedule her May 16–19, 2009, tour dates.
    She toured the United States with Robin Thicke in 2009.
    In February 2009, Hudson made her first public appearance since the murders when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLIII.
    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.
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    However, in January 2009, her label decided to postpone the release of the second single once more until, choosing a February 2009 release date.
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    After three of her family members were brutally murdered, the single was rescheduled for a January 2009 release.
  • 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.
    Hudson met David Otunga, a professional wrestler in the WWE and a Harvard Law graduate, and the couple became engaged in September 2008.
    Hudson performed the national anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
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    She has performed the song, "All Dressed in Love" for the Sex and the City soundtrack, which was released on May 27, 2008.
    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.
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    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.
    In January 2008, Hudson returned to the studio to record new songs for her debut studio album.
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    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.
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    In May 2008, Hudson appeared in the feature film Sex and the City as Louise, Carrie Bradshaw's assistant.
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    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.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    Hudson said on The Tyra Banks Show, on February 23, 2007, that she just finished the first song for the album.
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    On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hudson announced plans to enter the studio in March 2007.
    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.
    She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 18, along with 115 other individuals for 2007.
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    Later in 2007, the mayor of her home town, Chicago, Richard M. Daley, declared March 6 as "Jennifer Hudson Day".
    On February 25, 2007, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In November 2006, Hudson signed a record deal with Arista Records.
    In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, "Over It," live on Fox Chicago Morning News.
  • 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."
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    She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 20
    In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label.
  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Hudson was born on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois.
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