Jennifer Hudson, who is still mourning the death of her mother, brother, and nephew, has admitted she is "extremely honored and humbled" by the four Grammy nominations that she obtains for her self-titled debut album. Expressing her gratitude, she was quoted as saying on Thursday, December 4, "It's been a childhood dream of mine to release an album, so to receive 4 Grammy nominations is truly a blessing."
The nods she earns for the upcoming 51st annual Grammy Awards are Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The other nods are Best R&B Song for "Spotlight", and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for her duet with former "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino on song "I'm His Only Woman."
The 51st annual Grammy Awards, meanwhile, is scheduled to be held on February 8, 2009, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 - 11:30 P.M. (ET/PT). Announcement on the presenters and performers for the star-studded awards show is expected to be made soon.
Jennifer Hudson kicked off her singing career as one of the contestants in the singing competition "American Idol." She got her acting breakthrough, starring as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture "Dreamgirls", for which she earned a number of Best Supporting Actress awards, like Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.