Hudson sings way from church to stardom

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" Golden Globe nominee, says she got her singing start in a Baptist church in the roughest area of Chicago's South Side.

'United 93' tops N.Y. Film Critics' list

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics' Circle Monday picked the Sept. 11 drama "United 93" as the best film of the year.

NY Online Critics crown 'Queen' best pic

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics Online Sunday named Stephen Frears' drama, "The Queen," best picture of 2006.

Hudson thought Winfrey call was joke

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Jennifer Hudson says she refused to take a call from popular U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey because she thought it was a joke.

Hudson of 'Idol' signs with Arista Records

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Singer Jennifer Hudson, who gained popularity on the U.S. TV series "American Idol," has signed with Arista Records to record her debut album.

'American Idols' make their mark on B'way

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- Castoff contestants from Fox TV's "American Idol" talent competition are becoming golden cast members for Broadway's musicals.

Jennifer Hudson to be honored at ShoWest

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The ShoWest convention has chosen "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson as its Female Star of Tomorrow.

Robinson joins 'Dreamgirls' cast

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The big screen version of Broadway's "Dreamgirls" has snagged Keith Robinson for the role of composer C.C., it was reported Wednesday.

Jennifer Hudson cast in 'Dream Girls'

, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Chicago's Jennifer Hudson has reportedly landed the role of Effie White in the big screen version of the Broadway hit "Dreamgirls."

A bitter sweet end to American Idol tour

SINGAPORE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The last official concert of the American Idol 3 tour will be a bitter-sweet affair for the young pop stars.

'Idol' finalists to tour this summer

SALT LAKE CITY, May 10 (UPI) -- Ten finalists from Fox's hit reality series "American Idol" have signed for a North American summer concert tour, Pollstar reported Monday.

Simon Cowell says 'Idol' not racist

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has dismissed Elton John's claim the show is racist, citing apathy as the cause of a popular black contestant's exit.

Elton John calls 'Idol' vote 'racist'

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- Elton John says last week's voting on U.S. TV's "American Idol" was "incredibly racist" because a talented black woman was ousted from the show.

'Idol' fans outraged at voting results

LOS ANGELES, April 23 (UPI) -- Some "American Idol" fans are outraged, calling the U.S. reality show's voting unfair because a popular contestant was booted from the show.

Report: Outage hurt 'American Idol' vote

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- A power outage in the Midwest may have prevented up to 15,000 Jennifer Hudson fans from voting for the "American Idol" contestant.
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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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