"Even though I am extremely blessed to have accomplished many of my goals at such a young age, I am still reaching, still striving."

  • Born Jennifer Kate Hudson on Sept. 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jennifer Hudson first emerged in 2004 as a finalist on season three of "American Idol," where she came in seventh place. Hudson's self-titled debut was released in 2008, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

  • The singer's debut album raked in multiple GRAMMY nominations and took home the award for Best R&B Album.

  • In 2012 Hudson turned in a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing "I Will Always Love You" at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. Three years earlier, she sang "You Pulled Me Through" at the 51st GRAMMY Awards, where she wowed audiences with a chilling a capella opening.

  • Did you know? Hudson is also an accomplished actress, having made her film debut in the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls. She was awarded an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Effie White in the film.

  • Hudson performed "Holly Holly" at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Neil Diamond.

  • In 2012 Hudson partnered with Gucci to introduce the new GRAMMY Museum I-Gucci Museum Timepiece watch. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Music Preservation Program.

  • In 2008 Hudson and her sister Julia founded the Julian D. Kling Gift Foundation, which helps to "provide stability, support, and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds." The charity was formed in honor of Hudson's nephew who was killed earlier that year.

Jennifer Hudson

"Even though I am extremely blessed to have accomplished many of my goals at such a young age, I am still reaching, still striving."

  • Born Jennifer Kate Hudson on Sept. 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jennifer Hudson first emerged in 2004 as a finalist on season three of "American Idol," where she came in seventh place. Hudson's self-titled debut was released in 2008, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

  • The singer's debut album raked in multiple GRAMMY nominations and took home the award for Best R&B Album.

  • In 2012 Hudson turned in a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing "I Will Always Love You" at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. Three years earlier, she sang "You Pulled Me Through" at the 51st GRAMMY Awards, where she wowed audiences with a chilling a capella opening.

  • Did you know? Hudson is also an accomplished actress, having made her film debut in the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls. She was awarded an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Effie White in the film.

  • Hudson performed "Holly Holly" at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Neil Diamond.

  • In 2012 Hudson partnered with Gucci to introduce the new GRAMMY Museum I-Gucci Museum Timepiece watch. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Music Preservation Program.

  • In 2008 Hudson and her sister Julia founded the Julian D. Kling Gift Foundation, which helps to "provide stability, support, and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds." The charity was formed in honor of Hudson's nephew who was killed earlier that year.

GRAMMY Award Results for Jennifer Hudson

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Wins
Best Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance
It's Your World
 
Wins
Best R&B Album
Jennifer Hudson
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Spotlight
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
I'm His Only Woman
 
Nominations
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Dreamgirls

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