Expert says actor, not award, key to sales

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- Not all Oscar winners are equal to the U.S. consumer, an advertising expert said, so advertisers should pick an award-winning spokesperson carefully. "It is not an equal playing field for every actor who wins an Academy Award. Circumstances, perception, a

Daughtry debut album moves back to No. 1

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- Daughtry's self-titled debut album reclaimed the No. 1 spot for a second non-consecutive week on The Billboard 200.

What's up for 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Hudson

BURBANK, Calif., March 5 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning "Dreamgirls" actress Jennifer Hudson said in an interview in Burbank, Calif., she wanted to do the Jackie Robinson story. The story of Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, "tells of greatness and our history;

'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Hudson wins Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, booted from "American Idol," was recognized Sunday for her supporting role in "Dreamgirls" during the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Hudson has 'praise party'

CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Academy Award nominee Jennifer Hudson skipped the pre-Oscar hoopla in Los Angeles to sing at her hometown church in Chicago.

Houston teen sings with Timberlake, T.I.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Houston native Robyn Troup was the "My Grammy Moment" winner who performed with Justin Timberlake during the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Jennifer Hudson disses 'Idol' experience

LOS ANGLES, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar nominee and a Golden Globe award winner for "Dreamgirls," says she was "abused" on the U.S. TV show "American Idol."

'Miss Sunshine' takes top SAG film award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- "Little Miss Sunshine" continued its improbable march through the Hollywood awards season Sunday, taking the Screen Actors Guild's top motion picture award.

'Dreamgirls' leads nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The musical "Dreamgirls," amassed eight nominations for the 79th Academy Awards Tuesday but wasn't given the nod for Best Picture.

Scorsese wins big at Critics Choice Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese won both best director and best picture for "The Departed" at the Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.

'Dreamgirls' gets 8 Image Award nominatons

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The critically acclaimed movie "Dreamgirls" is in position to win big at the 38th NAACP Image Awards to be held in Los Angeles in March. E! Online reports that the film is "sitting pretty" with eight nominations, including one for Outstanding Motion Pictu

Jennifer Hudson sends off 2006 with songs

NEW YORK, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The up and coming "Dreamgirls" star, Jennifer Hudson, has finished off 2006 with a sold out concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

'Dreamgirls' star drama just a rumor

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Reports that pit "Dreamgirls" stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson against each other are false, a report said. Knowles and her father supposedly had issues with the film when "Dreamgirls" debuted at the Cannes film festival in May, but these reports

Winfrey given leeway regarding Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- In spite of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences regulations, the group is allowing U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey to make film recommendations. While the cinematic group typically forbids its voting members to publicly support certain nominees, Daily Va

'American Idol' midseason event planned

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The executive producer of Fox's "American Idol" said that the upcoming season of the singing contest will feature a big event midway through.
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Jennifer Hudson
Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California on February 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) 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.

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.

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. 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. She also performed at the White House at the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" event.

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