When it comes to all around talent, there are few in the industry who can hold a candle to Jennifer Hudson!
With the help of her late grandmother Julia, the Chicago, Illinois native began singing in the church choir and doing community theater at the age of 7. At 20, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label. She was later released from a five year contract with the label so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.
Although she only finished seventh on the show, being a finalist skyrocketed Hudson into superstardom. Her newfound fame helped her land the role of Effie White, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. This feat made her the youngest African-American to win in a competitive acting category. She then signed to Arista Records and released her self-titled debut studio album in 2008. Hudson went on to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B album.
Since that time, Hudson has continued to reach incredible heights. She won another Grammy in 2017 for Best Musical Theater Album for The Color Purple. In 2021, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on Baby Yaga, where she was a co-producer and voice actress. Early in 2022, after winning a Tony Award for A Strange Loop, she became just the 17th entertainer and only the second African American woman in history to reach legendary EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status. Now in very rare company, there seems to be nothing that the ultra talented superstar can’t do. On this special day last year, Hudson’s own daytime talk show, The Jennifer Hudson Show launched on FOX. The show features celebrity interviews, topical stories, community heroes, viral sensations, and music, bringing fun, uplifting, and empowering conversations to the forefront. The show has been gold in its first year, similar to everything else she has ever touched. Today, we celebrate an iconic Queen! Check out some of our favorite photos of Jennifer Hudson on her 42nd lap around the sun. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JHUD!!!
A Dreamgirl: Celebrating Jennifer Hudson’s 42nd Birthday With Her Most Stunning Photos was originally published on globalgrind.com