OSCAR© WINNING ACTRESS/GRAMMY© WINNING ARTIST JENNIFER HUDSON HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Watch Jennifer Hudson star ceremony on Hollywood Walk of Fame at the end of this page.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Jennifer Hudson was honored today with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the W Hollywood Hotel. “We are so happy to honor Jennifer Hudson with a star on the Walk of Fame. She is a great talent and a great addition to our Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this special day since we announced Jennifer’s selection for the star,” added Martinez.
Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and music mogul Clive Davis helped Hudson unveil the 2,512th star in the category of Recording at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard in the category of Recording. The star ceremony was streamed live exclusively at 11:30 a.m. PST on www.walkoffame.com
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.
On November 27, Hudson will return to theaters once more in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Black Nativity,” her first musical film since “Dreamgirls.” Directed and written by Kasi Lemmons, Hudson stars alongside Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore in the film based on Langston Hughes’ gospel musical re-telling of the Bible's nativity story.
Hudson has most recently been seen in director George Tillman Jr.’s “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released in October. The beautifully observed film features Hudson as a drug-addicted mother, “Gloria,” who abandons her son to fend for himself in the projects of New York City for a summer after she’s arrested. Just prior in September, Hudson was seen starring alongside Terrence Howard in Darrell Roodt’s “Winnie Mandela,” in which she plays the titular role of activist, politician and ex-wife to South African President and revolutionary Nelson Mandela.
This year was also a huge success for Hudson’s music career, being honored with the privilege to perform at the Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the Academy Awards© in a tribute to movie musicals. In addition, Hudson just released her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring T.I.. The critically-acclaimed track is the first off her new album, which will be released in early 2014. Hudson was also honored by the Recording Academy at the Annual Grammy’s on the Hill for her philanthropic efforts, specifically with her and her sister’s organization, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. Hudson was also honored at VH1’s Do Something Awards for her charitable work and was honored again in October with the Samsung Galaxy Impact Award at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon.
Expanding her talents in the arts, Hudson added author to her list of accomplishments in January of 2012 with the release her New York Times best-selling memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down.”
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. Additional credits include being honored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and being named “Entertainer of the Year” at the Soul Train Awards.
Hudson also received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2009 for her role in Fox Searchlight’s “The Secret Life of Bees.” Directed by Gina Prince Blythewood, the stellar cast included Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keyes and Queen Latifah. Prior to “Bees,” Hudson co-starred in the box office hit “Sex and the City: The Movie,” joining the hit television series' original cast of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis.
Hudson has made the same kind of impact in the world of music that she has made in film with the successful release of both of her Arista Records albums. Her sophomore album, “I Remember Me,” was introduced in March 2011 to rave reviews. The album 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. She went on to receive a 2012 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Album as well as taking home two 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Album. Additional recent collaborations include “Think Like A Man” with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross for the title track of the film and critically-acclaimed single “Night Of Your Life” with David Guetta for his most recent hit-album “Nothing But The Beat.”
Hudson’s 2008 debut self-titled album won a Grammy Award for “Best R & B Album,” which was presented by one of Hudson’s idols, Whitney Houston. She also 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.” The RIAA Gold Certified album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2 and marked the biggest first week sales for an R&B female entry since 2004 and has sold more than 1.1 million albums worldwide.
In 2009, Jennifer, along with her sister Julia, founded The Julian D. King Gift Foundation in loving memory of Jennifer’s nephew and Julia’s son, who they lost in 2008. As a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare, the Foundation exists to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they will become productive, confident and happy adults. The work of the Foundation is carried out through fund-raising events, the content and proceeds of which are used to support and encourage the positive development of children. Jennifer and Julia have thus far hosted four Annual Toy Drives at Christmas for less fortunate children in the Chicago area as well as founding “Hatch Day” in 2011, an annual back-to-school supply drive, which takes place in August, on Julian’s birthday to make sure all children start their school year with the supplies they need. This year, “Hatch Day” provided backpacks and school supplies for more than 6,800 Chicago children in need.
Hudson has been a national ambassador for Weight Watchers since 2010.
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