2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
An Academy Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning recording artist 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.
Hudson’s 2008 debut self-titled album won a Grammy Award for “Best R & B Album,” and she received three additional nominations including “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,” “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and “Best R&B Song.” The album then went on to win three awards at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards including “Best Album.”
Here more recent sophomore album, “I Remember Me,” was released on March 22, 2011 to rave reviews and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified RIAA Gold in the U.S.
In 2007, 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. Hudson also received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2009 for her role in Fox Searchlight’s “The Secret Life of Bees.” She has also been the national spokesperson for Weight Watchers since 2010.
In 2009, she and her sister Julia started the Julian D. King Gift Foundation which provides stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds to help enable them to grow to be productive, confident and happy adults.