Jennifer Hudson

By: Nyla Griffith


Jennifer Hudson was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. She began singing at the age of seven in her local church choir. As a teenager, she spent her days performing at weddings and musical theater performances. In 1999 she graduated from the Dunbar Vocational Career Academy. Later, she attended Langston (Oklahoma) University and then transferred to Kennedy King College in Chicago to study music and continue her musical advances. After singing for a year on a Disney cruise ship, Jennifer Hudson made her official musical debut in 2004 by appearing on the hit TV show American Idol. She was successful on the show and made it to the final rounds before being eliminated and finishing in seventh place. Public outrage followed because many people believed she had more vocal capabilities than the other contestants. 

In the summer of 2005, Jennifer Hudson decided to audition for the role of Effie in the movie Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls is set in the Motown era and displays the rise and fall of a girl group. Jennifer Hudson beat out more than 780 contestants, including Fantasia, the winner of season three of American Idol. From this moment, Jennifer Hudson became an individual in the music industry who would not be forgotten. After her moving performance of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”, Jennifer Hudson moved crowds and received many awards including and Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. More of her successful achievements have been listed below under Awards and Achievements. 

In 2008. Jennifer Hudson released her debut self-titled album. In the same year, she sang at the Democratic National Convention at the request of Barack Obama. Despite her success, Jennifer Hudson’s life took a tragic turn as her mother and nephew were found murdered in October in Chicago. In addition, her eight-year-old son went missing and was later found murdered in the same way. In 2012, the killer was found guilty for their crimes. Despite her struggles, Jennifer Hudson remained positive and headstrong. She continued to be successful in her later albums and won many grammys for her work. In later years, she made her debut on Broadway in The Color Purple and did the voice acting on the move Sing. 

Jennifer Hudson continues to be successful and shares her talent with the world. 




  1. Jennifer Hudson- 2008
  2. I Remember Me- 2011
  3. JHUD- 2014

Singles and EPs

  1. Overjoyed – Jamie Williams ft. Jennifer Hudson – 2005
  2. Love You I Do – 2006
  3. And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going – 2006
  4. Spotlight – 2008
  5. Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There – 2008
  6. All Dressed In Love – 2008
  7. If This Isn’t Love – 2008
  8. More Than Material/Leaving Tonight – Patti Labelle/Ne-Yo Ft. Jennifer Hudson – 2009
  9. Where You At- 2011
  10. No One Gonna Love You (Remixes) – 2011
  11. I Remember Me – 2011
  12. I Got This – 2011
  13. Think Like A Man – Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo ft. Rick Ross – 2012
  14. I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) – Jennifer Hudson ft. T.I – 2013
  15. Bleed for Love – 2013
  16. Test Of Faith – 2013
  17. Be Grateful – Jennifer Hudson ft. Forest Whitaker and Jacob Latmore – 2013
  18. It’s Your World – Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly – 2014
  19. Walk It Out – Jennifer Hudson ft. Timbaland – 2014
  20. Go All Night – Gorgon City ft. Jennifer Hudson – 2014
  21. Trouble – Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson – 2015
  22. Remember Me – 2017
  23. Burden Down – 2017
  24. I’ll Fight – 2018 


  1. Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna – Jennifer Hudson – unknown 


  1. Dreamgirls – Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson – 2006


  1. JHUD – 2014
  2. Trouble (Remixes) – Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson – 2015

Awards & Nominations


  1. Academy Awards
    1. Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role – 2007
  2. Austin Film Critics Association
    1. Breakthrough Performance – 2006
  3. BAFTA Awards
    1. Best Actress in a Supporting Role – 2007
  4. BET Awards
    1. Best New Artist – 2007
    2. Best Actress – 2007
  5. Black Reel Awards
    1. Best Supporting Actress – 2007
    2. Best Breakthrough Performance – 2007
  6. Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
    1. Dreamgirls – 2006
  7. Golden Globes USA
    1. Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – 2007
  8. Grammy Awards
    1. Best Musical Theater Album – 2017 
    2. Best R&B Album – 2009
  9. NAACP
    1. Outstanding Album – 2012
    2. Outstanding Music Video – 2012
    3. Outstanding New Artist – 2009
    4. Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration – 2009
    5. Outstanding Album – 2009


  1. Academy Awards
    1. “I’ll Fight from “RPG” – 2019
  2. BET Awards
    1. Best Female R&B Artist – 2009
    2. Best Female R&B Artist – 2011
    3. Best Actress – 2009
    4. Best Female R&B Artist – 2007
  3. Billboard Music Awards
    1. Top R&B Album – 2012
  4. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
    1. Best Supporting Actress – 2007
  5. Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
    1. Best Supporting Actress – 2006
  6. Grammy Awards
    1. Best R&B Performance – 2015
    2. Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals – 2009
    3. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 
  7. IHeartRadio Music Awards
    1. Best Cover Song – 2017
  8. MTV Music Video Awards
    1. Video with a Social Message – 2015
  9. NAACP
    1. Outstanding Album – 2015
    2. Outstanding Female Artist – 2015
    3. Outstanding Female Artist – 2012
    4. Outstanding Female Artist – 2009
    5. Outstanding Music Video – 2009
    6. Outstanding Song – 2009
  10. People’s Choice Awards 
    1. Favorite R&B Artist – 2010
    2. Favorite R&B Artist – 2015
  11. Soul Train Awards
    1. Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – 2014
    2. Best Female R&B/Soul Artist – 2011
  12. Soul Train Music Awards
    1. Best R&B/Soul Artist Female – 2009
    2. Song of the Year – 2009
  13. Teen Choice Awards 
    1. Choice Music: R&B Artist – 2009
    2. Choice Music: R&B Track – 2009


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