Jennifer Hudson, Actress, Hollywood, Singer   Leave a comment


Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson.[2] 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.

She won a Grammy Award for her eponymous debut album, Jennifer Hudson, which was released in 2008 on Arista Records and was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 800,000 copies in the US; sales exceeded 1 million copies worldwide. Additionally, it spawned the hit single Spotlight. Her second album I Remember Me was released in March 2011, and has reached number two on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release.[3]

In late 2008, after Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the limelight for three months. Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, and has since performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.[4] 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.[5] She also performed at the White House at the “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event.[6] Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano.[7]

Jennifer Hudson sings National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIIIHudson sang The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLIII.[44] She toured the United States with Robin Thicke in 2009.[45] In early May 2009, Hudson suffered “throat fatigue” and had to reschedule her May 16ā€“19, 2009, tour dates.[46] She sang “Will You Be There” at the Michael Jackson memorial service on July 7, 2009.[47] 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 ā€” the official American Idol album for the third season. She 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 also performed the song “Easy to be Hard” on the Actors’ Fund benefit recording of the musical Hair;[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Hudson performed a Christmas special on ABC in December 2009 called Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas. 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.[48] 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”. The telecast generated $61 million in donations as of January 26, 2010.[49] Also, that year, Hudson recorded the song “One Shining Moment” for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

2011-present: I Remember MeMain article: I Remember Me (album)
Early in the album’s development, Ne-Yo told E! Online that Hudson was ready to get personal on her second studio album. When probed for details he said that he might be producing the album. He also said “I’m pretty good at writing personal records…It starts with her idea and her thoughts.” 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.”[50] Hudson released her second studio album I Remember Me on March 22, 2011. I Remember Me debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release.[51] On January 24, 2011 Hudson premiered the album’s lead single “Where You At”.[52] It was written by R.Kelly and produced by Harvey Mason, Jr.[53] The song went for radio adds that same week.[54] 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,[55][clarification needed] having so far reached a peak of number 10.[56] The music video premiered on BET’s 106 & Park and through Vevo on February 24, 2011.[57][58] “No One Gonna Love You” impacted on Urban adult contemporary radio in the United States on May 24, 2011. A remix bundle titled “No One Gonna Love You-The Remixes” was released as a digital download in the US and the UK on July 13, 2011.[59][60][61] The song has reached number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[62] The third U.S. single will be “I Got This”.[63] Non-single track “Don’t Look Down” reached number 70 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[64]

Hudson will play a nun in the Farrelly brothers upcoming film The Three Stooges, scheduled to be released in 2012.[65]

Following the death of Whitney Houston on February 11, 2012, Hudson paid tribute to Houston interpreting “I Will Always Love You” during the 54th Grammy Awards held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[66]

Personal lifeHudson began dating James Payton in 1999, when she was 18.[67] The couple separated in late 2007.[citation needed] Hudson met David Otunga, a Harvard Law graduate,[68][69] and the couple became engaged on September 12, 2008.[70] On August 10, 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child with Otunga; a boy named David Daniel Otunga Jr.[71


Posted February 24, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Actor/Actress, Hollywood, Singer

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