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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

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Famous as :

Singer, actress

Birth Name :

Jennifer Kate Hudson

Birth Date :

September 12, 1981

Birth Place :

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Claim to fame :

Finalist of "American Idol" Season 3

Biography


The story of Jennifer Kate Hudson is the living proof of how someone so invisible at the beginning can actually raise to stardom through hard work and determination. Starting her life in Chicago, Illinois, young Hudson who was born September 12, 1981 was lucky to be exposed to such a soulful city. She performed in the small church of her town as a choir solo singer due to the influence from her grand mother, Julia Hudson, who equally was a choir member. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in 1999, worked in Burger King for a while, and engaged in a Chicago's musical production "Big River" where she sang professionally. Soon her talent began to find its way to prominence by performing in Disney's Wonder cruise ship.

To take a bigger leap she decided to enter the one-way-ticket-to-stardom singing contest in 2004, which was none other than the highly rated American Idol. Impressed the judges, she was in for the semifinals before almost missing her chance if Randy Jackson had not put her in the wild card position. Making it through to the semifinals, Hudson had to struggle to maintain her position in the Top 12. Tired of getting actually had been famously played in Broadway by Jennifer Holliday in 1981. Being a first timer big screen actress, it was not an easy road to be in a movie alongside renowned actors such as Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy. Amazingly, instead of being outshined, Hudson with her astounding voice startled the audience by singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the movie. It was such a breakthrough performance that hardly any awards excluded her in the nomination list of Best Supporting Actress.

Latest News


Jennifer Hudson Unveils New Song 'Remember the Music' From 'Empire'

March 10, 2015 08:28:53 GMT

Ahead of her upcoming appearance on "", has premiered a song she recorded for the drama series. The track entitled "Remember the Music" was unveiled in full on Monday, March 9.
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Video Premiere: Iggy Azalea's 'Trouble' Ft. Jennifer Hudson

February 27, 2015 20:20:30 GMT

debuts a music video in support of "Trouble", the single off "" which is basically the renewed version of her debut LP "". The Australian femcee shares screen with her featured guest . She channels her inner bad girl and gets arrested by Hudson's cop character.
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Oscars 2015: Jennifer Hudson Delivers Powerful In Memoriam Performance

February 23, 2015 04:41:55 GMT

Following performances by the likes of , , , and , the 87th annual Oscars had taking over the stage. The Oscar-winning singer delivered a powerful performance of "I Can't Let Go" from NBC's "".
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Iggy Azalea Gets Into 'Trouble' in New Single's Lyric Video Ft. Jennifer Hudson

February 18, 2015 04:55:24 GMT

's new single "Trouble" featuring has been given the lyric video treatment. On Tuesday, February 17, the raptress premiered the clip which includes a number of stills taken during the filming of the actual music video.
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Jennifer Hudson Booked to Perform at 2015 Oscars

February 11, 2015 04:15:56 GMT

The upcoming 87th Academy Awards has booked more artists into its growing list of performers with the latest addition is . The Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and actress shared through a tweet, "I'm excited to announce that @TheAcademy has invited me to perform on the #Oscars on Feb. 22nd!"
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Iggy Azalea Joined by Jennifer Hudson to Perform New Single 'Trouble' on 'Tonight Show'

February 05, 2015 09:01:52 GMT

visited "" as she continues to promote "". The Australian raptress appeared in the Wednesday night, February 4 episode of the chat show to deliver the first TV performance of "Trouble", the latest single off the album.
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Jennifer Hudson and Rita Ora Set to Guest Star on 'Empire'

February 04, 2015 07:27:28 GMT

and are coming to "". The two music stars are tapped as guest stars on the new hit drama series. Their roles have not been revealed yet, but E! News reports that the two will appear before the first season ends.
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Jennifer Hudson to Make Broadway Debut With 'The Color Purple'

January 10, 2015 01:53:28 GMT

is going to make her Broadway debut. On Friday, January 9, it was announced that the "" alum would play Shug Avery in the revival of "The Color Purple" which is set between 1909 and 1949. The musical produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and will premiere this fall.
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis Fuel 'Sex and the City 3' Rumor

October 06, 2014 06:07:54 GMT

Just a day after hinted that a third "" movie was happening, and seemingly gave a confirmation. In an exchanged conversation over Twitter, Parker asked Davis about the "news."
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Jennifer Hudson's Half-Brother Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing a Man

August 20, 2014 05:42:32 GMT

's half-brother reportedly had a run-in with the law. According to TMZ, the singer/actress' half-brother who is called Steven Simpson has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a man in the face repeatedly. The man apparently is having a romantic relationship with his wife.
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Jennifer Hudson Announces New Album 'JHUD'

July 04, 2014 04:32:01 GMT

has revealed the title of her forthcoming third album. Speaking to WPGC in Washington, D.C., the singer announced that the follow-up to 2011's "" would simply be called "".
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Jennifer Hudson and R. Kelly Join Forces for 'It's Your World'

July 02, 2014 07:25:49 GMT

The studio version of 's new track "It's Your World" leaked in full not so long after the singer debuted the track at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday night, June 29. Produced by veteran house producer DJ Terry Hunter, the track features guest vocals from .
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Jennifer Hudson Debuts 'Walk It Out' Music Video Ft. Timbaland

June 17, 2014 04:43:09 GMT

has debuted a music video for her collaboration with , "Walk It Out". Shot in New York by Director X, the clip sees the singer walking through the streets in a white crop top, tight pants and funky sneakers.
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Jennifer Hudson Drops Sexy New Track 'Walk It Out' Ft. Timbaland

April 15, 2014 06:43:33 GMT

has returned with a new single titled "Walk It Out". Premiering on the singer's SoundCloud page on Monday, April 14, the raunchy slow jam features guest vocals from who also serves as the track's co-producer.
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Video: Jennifer Hudson Performs an Impromptu Duet With Keith Sweat at L.A. Show

February 18, 2014 06:11:53 GMT

didn't expect that she would come as a guest performer at 's recent concert. The singer, who attended the show with her husband David Otunga, joined the veteran R&B crooner onstage for an impromptu duet.
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Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and More Tapped to Perform at BET Honors

February 07, 2014 02:24:49 GMT

and are among A-list musicians who will perform at the 2014 BET Honors. Other performers at the annual event include , and Wayne Brady.
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Jennifer Hudson Premieres 'I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)' Video Ft. T.I.

January 24, 2014 07:03:35 GMT

has dropped the full music video for her collaboration with , "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)". The "" alum looks incredibly hot in the video as she shows off her slimmer figure that she obtained after diet and exercise.
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Video: Jennifer Hudson Surprised Her Assistant With a House for Christmas

January 04, 2014 03:34:34 GMT

has shared an adorable video of her assistant and close friend, Walter Williams, who just learned that the star gave him a house as a Christmas gift. The former contestant of "" shared the short clip via Instagram on Tuesday, December 31.
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Jennifer Hudson Gets Her Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

November 14, 2013 04:22:40 GMT

has been honored with the 2,512th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of recording. The singer/actress attended the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, November 13 with her husband David Otunga and 4-year-old son David Jr.
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Jennifer Hudson Parodies 'Scandal' in Funny or Die Skit

October 01, 2013 03:35:20 GMT

portrays Olivia Pope-like character in Funny or Die's parody of 's "". In a new video called "Scandalous" which arrived online on Monday, September 30, the Oscar-winning actress can be seen wearing a trench white coat as she plays Lydia Cole.
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Jennifer Hudson Debuts 'Bleed for Love' From 'Winnie Mandela'

September 04, 2013 02:17:18 GMT

With only a few days before her new movie "" hits theatres this Friday, September 6, R'n'B/soul diva releases her stirring contribution to the soundtrack of the biopic where she's cast in the title role. Entitled "Bleed for Love", the Diane Warren-penned track also features South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir.
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Kelly Osbourne, Sophia Bush and Jennifer Hudson Attend Do Something Awards

August 01, 2013 04:05:37 GMT

Hollywood stars stepped out Wednesday, July 31 at Avalon to support 2013 Do Something Awards. , and were among the female guests who stole attention when walking down the yellow carpet.
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Jennifer Hudson Sings a Modern Version of 'Silent Night' in 'Black Nativity' First Trailer

July 01, 2013 03:14:35 GMT

A teaser trailer for "", the upcoming movie from writer/director Kasi Lemmons, has arrived online and features "" alumna as a single parent to a streetwise teen played by . In the video, the "Spotlight" singer showcases her strong vocals by singing a revamped version of Christmas carol "Silent Night".
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Jennifer Hudson Releases New Single 'Gone, Gone, Gone'

May 27, 2013 07:19:34 GMT

R'n'B/soul diva has just come out with new music by way of her latest recording entitled "Gone, Gone, Gone". It serves as the 31-year-old singer's newest release after her 2012 "Think Like a Man" duet with R'n'B crooner and might just make it to her forthcoming album, the follow-up to her 2011 LP "".
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Miley Cyrus' Boobs Allegedly Exposed in Leaked Topless Pic From Maxim Photoshoot

May 25, 2013 05:44:38 GMT

There's a supposedly new topless picture of making its round on the web. The alleged photo features the "Can't Be Tamed" singer looking quite proud of her body as she's holding her gold jacket widely open to bare her breasts to the camera.
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An Underdog Ready to Lead Pack of Big and Scary Dinos in 'Walking with Dinosaurs' New Trailer

May 25, 2013 05:41:22 GMT

A new trailer for "" has made its way out online. Living up to its name, the film indeed takes fans to a pleasurable experience of setting out on a journey with a group of big and scary dinosaurs. However, it still promises to be a children-friendly feature as the trailer gives a look at a small pinkish dino, of which voice actor narrates the promo video.
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Jamie Anne Allman Welcomes Twin Boys After 'Horrible' Pregnancy

May 25, 2013 05:35:29 GMT

Jamie Anne Allman and Marshall Allman welcome two baby boys to their home. Baby Asher James and Oliver Charles, who were born on Thursday, January 31, were treated in hospital until late April because they were delivered 81 days before the due date.
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Report: Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal to Be 'American Idol' Judge

May 25, 2013 05:17:22 GMT

"" has allegedly sealed one judge for the next installment. Following rumor that the show's producers wanted an all-alumni panel, sources tell E! News that has inked a deal to take one of the seats in the upcoming 13th season.
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Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson Are Wanted as 'American Idol' Judges

May 24, 2013 03:56:43 GMT

As reports about "" judge shake-up continue flowing, more names have emerged as possible contenders for the gig. Rumor has it, and are being considered as new judges on the next season of the singing competition show.
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Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and More Perform on 'American Idol' Finale

May 17, 2013 09:41:56 GMT

As it had consistently done in the past eleven seasons, "" once again brought onstage an all-star line-up of performers for its grand finale, before crowning season twelve champion . Some of the biggest names in the music industry lent their time and talent to the last show of the season to sing with the top finalists, lending their support to the budding superstars.
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