At a Glance

Jennifer Hudson : Biography at a Glance

  • Jennifer Hudson is an award-winning singer, actress, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a finalist on the third season of American Idol.
  • TIME named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and she was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2022.
  • She made her film debut as Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Hudson released her self-titled debut studio album, which was certified gold in the United States, sold over a million copies worldwide, and received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
  • Her subsequent studio albums, I Remember Me and JHUD, saw continued commercial success with the former also being certified gold in the United States. In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • Hudson received her second Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a cast member on The Color Purple.
  • Hudson has contributed as a coach on the UK and the US version of The Voice, becoming the first female coach to win the former.

A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress, and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim. She will soon star as Aretha Franklin in the biopic, “Respect,” directed by Leisl Tommy. In 2022, she was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Hudson is also an executive producer on this film. Last year, she returned for her second time to NBC’s “The Voice” alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson and for her third time and winning coach to season 8 of ITV’s “The Voice UK” alongside coaches Tom Jones,, and Olly Murs. Hudson’s song, “I’ll Fight,” written by Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren for the critically acclaimed documentary, “RBG,” was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award. Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and an NAACP Image Award.

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