Jennifer Hudson Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

1st April 2017

Fact: The four judges on The Voice U.K. are set to perform a tribute to George Michael to kick off the show's final. Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones, and Gavin Rossdale will reportedly sing his hit Freedom on Saturday night (01Apr17). The singer died in December (16), aged 53, and was laid to rest this week (beg27Mar17).

6th January 2017

Quote: ''It is my dream role, and she and I have met and there are... very exciting discussions happening.'' Jennifer Hudson hopes to play Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in a new biopic.

24th June 2016

Fact: Jennifer Hudson has turned her son’s first baby tooth into an ornate pendant necklace as part of her mission to "Jenniferize" her life. The former American Idol finalist explained to her 1.4 million Instagram followers she is giving the everyday objects in her life a little personalisation, to make them completely unique.

22nd April 2016

Fact: Jennifer Hudson and her fellow castmembers in Broadway musical The Color Purple honoured the memory of Prince by staging a special rendition of his hit song Purple Rain during Thursday night's (21Apr16) finale, hours after the 57-year-old's death. Introducing the performance, Oscar winner Hudson told the audience, "He said that his music will live on and he will live through his music, so we want to keep him alive today through this song." The cast of hip hop musical Hamilton also served up a Prince tribute on Thursday night, dancing to his Let's Go Crazy during an encore.

31st March 2016

Fact: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is set to perform on the upcoming series finale of American Idol, along with fellow alums Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Hudson, who came in seventh place on the singing competition's third season, will pre-tape her appearance as she is currently starring in The Color Purple on Broadway.

28th December 2015

Tweet: "Heaven is rejoicing today ! And I am so proud and full right now !! They got baptized today!! Trae , David Jr. And @davidotunga". Jennifer Hudson celebrates the religious rebirth of her husband David Otunga, son David, Jr., and young relative Trae on Sunday (27Dec15).

14th July 2015

Fact: Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has landed a new role as the face of '70s-style fashion line, Soho Jeans Collection. The Dreamgirls star has teamed up bosses at New York & Company to front their new range, which will retail for less than $70 (£44)-a-piece from next week (begs20Jul15).

10th July 2015

Fact: Jennifer Hudson became a 'Dreamgirl' for a newlywed couple in Texas on Wednesday (08Jul15) when she performed at their nuptials. The singer stunned the same-sex couple when she stepped out from behind a curtain at the W Dallas-Victory hotel, just after the grooms exchanged vows, and sang her hit song I Still Love You.

3rd July 2015

Fact: Jennifer Hudson is reuniting with her DREAMGIRLS music producer HARVEY MASON, JR. for her upcoming Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. Mason, Jr. jumped at the chance to join the project, his first on New York's Great White Way, because his father, jazz drummer Harvey Mason, Sr., worked on the original 1985 film release. The new production of the hit musical will open in November (15).

25th March 2015

Fact: Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles have recorded a new anthem for Oprah Winfrey's OWN TV network. You Will was written by Oscar-winning composer Diane Warren.

13th November 2014

Fact: Actor Edward Norton and singer Jennifer Hudson feature in chilling advertisements to raise awareness of heart disease among women. The public service announcements are part of a campaign called Fight the Lady Killer from the Women's Heart Alliance organisation, which is co-founded by Barbra Streisand.

20th October 2014

Quote: "It's kind of dedicated to my mum, she used to keep her hair short, and also I got sick and tired with the bangs with the long hair... so this was my way of getting away from that... The decision was just out of the blue." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson's new pixie cut is a nod to her late mother, Darnell Donnerson, who was tragically murdered in a triple family homicide in 2008.

4th October 2014

Quote: "I think it might be (happening). Somebody just came to me talking about that. So if it's in the talks, it might happen. So look for it and look for your girl Louise from St. Louis!" Jennifer Hudson lets it slip that another Sex & the City sequel is in the works.

25th September 2014

Quote: "He was very present... He was very serious, though." Singer Jennifer Hudson on her recent meeting with Britain's Prince Harry.

20th September 2014

Quote: "He told me I'm his second-favourite singer. Michael Jackson is first - and then mommy. He's always around the house making little videos of himself doing Michael Jackson moves. I was telling him recently that, 'You know, you were in my tummy when I sang at his memorial'. And he was like, 'Really? Wow!'" Singer Jennifer Hudson's son David is a big Michael Jackson fan.

15th September 2014

Fact: Jennifer Hudson's new single, He Ain't Goin' Nowhere, features collaborations with Iggy Azalea and Pharrell Williams.

1st September 2014

Fact: Lupe Fiasco has teamed up with singer Jennifer Hudson and fellow rapper Common to record an inspirational song for America's Stand Up To Cancer telethon. The hip-hop star released Remission, a remix of his original moving track Mission, over the weekend (29-31Aug14), ahead of the trio's planned performance of the cancer anthem during the Tv charity special on Friday (05Sep14).

13th March 2014

Fact: Singers Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Charice and American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez took part in the Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday (11Mar14). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pinoy Relief organisation, which aims to fund and create programmes that help provide aid for the Philippines and victims of natural disasters.

7th February 2014

Fact: R&B divas Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are set to perform at this year's (14) BET Honors. Also taking the stage will be Smokey Robinson, Wayne Brady and Tamar Braxton. Soul legend Aretha Franklin, Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy and rapper/actor Ice Cube will be feted at the event, which celebrates stars' contributions to African-American culture. The awards will take place in Washington, D.C. on 8 February (14).

27th November 2013

Fact: Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson will be among the stars ringing in 2014 on Tv in America on 31 December (13) after signing on to co-headline the Los Angeles segment of DICk Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The singers will join Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy and Enrique Iglesias on the bill as new mum Fergie helps Tv host and media mogul Seacrest countdown the beginning of the new year.

6th November 2013

Fact: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is to be honoured with the 2,512th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 13 November (13).

28th October 2013

Fact: Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson has chopped off her long locks in favour of a sleek pixie cut. The Dreamgirls star debuted the new look on the red carpet at the Black Girls Rock! event in New Jersey on Saturday night (26Oct13).

28th October 2013

Quote: "When you sing with Jennifer Hudson, that's throwing you in the deep end. I didn't even want to rehearse. (But), it turned out great, or so I hear. They send me little emails (saying), 'You look good. You sound good'." Actress Angela Bassett was petrified to perform alongside Jennifer Hudson in their new musical film Black Nativity - because the Dreamgirls star is such a powerhouse vocalist.

11th October 2013

Quote: "I decided to play designer and configure up four dresses in one. When you see the reveal, it's one dress, by the time I get to the altar it's a whole other dress. By the reception, it's like, 'Okay, what dress is this?' But it's all one dress! It's a reflection of me." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson will show off her flair for fashion at her upcoming wedding to wrestler David Otunga.

1st October 2013

Fact: Actress Jennifer Hudson has poked fun at Kerry Washington's role in hit political drama Scandal by filming a spoof for comedy website In Scandalous, the Dreamgirls star runs around Washington, D.C. as a "covert scandal manager", meeting clients on park benches and in dark alleys in search of a good case.

4th September 2013

Quote: "He would always come to my trailer with his guitar and play and sing songs in Nelson's (Mandela) accent. Every day. It would never end! He's a good singer and guitar player. He's no Luther (Vandross), but he's good." Jennifer Hudson on how she bonded with co-star Terrence Howard on the set of their new movie Winnie Mandela.

22nd August 2013

Fact: Jennifer Hudson has been transformed into a Disney princess by top photographer Annie Leibovitz. The singer/actress has posed as Tiana from 2009 movie The Princess & the Frog for a new Disney Parks ad campaign. Ironically, the role was voiced by Hudson's Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose.

9th February 2013

Quote: "If I have on something he doesn't like, (he says), 'Mummy, what is that? I don't like that.' He calls himself boss baby, so you better listen to Boss Baby! 'Mummy, what is that? No. Change your hair. I don't like that.' He'll bring me shoes. 'Here, put this one on.'" Jennifer Hudson's three-year-old son David has become his mum's personal fashion stylist.

8th November 2012

Quote: "I'm at the weight I want to be, but I hear all the time, 'Don't lose any more weight, you need to stop'. People are under the impression that I'm still losing but I'm not." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson insists she is happy with her figure after her dramatic slim down since becoming a spokesmodel for Weight Watchers in 2010.

27th September 2012

Fact: Pop superstar Prince invited local girl Jennifer Hudson to join him onstage during a gig in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday night (25Sep12). The Oscar-winning singer duetted with her idol on his hit ballad Nothing Compares 2 U, just days after he performed the same track with Mary J. Blige at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday (22Sep12). The Chicago gig was one of the first in Prince's Welcome 2 Chicago residency in the city.

28th June 2012

Quote: "He's growing up with a musical background and music is a huge part of our household. It's a huge way I communicate with him. He didn't want to go to bed the other day and wanted to sing for me. He tried to grab the mic stand and performed Proud Mary... He got enough of it and did a good job... Maybe he'll sing (at my wedding)." Jennifer Hudson is impressed with her two-year-old son David's singing skills.

11th June 2012

Fact: Jennifer Hudson has re-recorded Creedence Clearwater Revival's rock classic Proud Mary for former frontman John Fogerty's upcoming duets album Wrote a Song for Everyone. The project also features collaborations with Kid Rock, the Foo Fighters and Bob Seger.

6th June 2012

Quote: "I have no idea where those rumours are coming (from) about getting married, but I'm happy and something will happen soon. It's coming." Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson on her impending nuptials.

5th June 2012

Quote: "I'm getting started on my third album this summer, and I have a few films in the works. I'm now just getting back out there and into my rhythm again, so one day at a time." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is getting back in her groove after taking time out of the spotlight to concentrate on the trial of the man who murdered her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. William Balfour was found guilty last month (May12).

14th February 2012

Tweet: "It was the greatest honor of my life to pay tribute to Whitney's memory. It was from my heart. Her family is in my prayers." Jennifer Hudson is in mourning after performing Whitney Houston's signature song I Will Always Love You at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (12Feb12) - a day after the singer's untimely death.

17th January 2012

Quote: "I used to work in a restaurant, I worked the drive-through. And they had a mic, and so I used to sing. (They would be like,) 'Is that someone singing or is that the radio?' Whatever came to mind I would just sing it and entertain the people - so like every time a car came around you would hear the beep and I was like, 'Oh, that's my chance!'" Hitmaker Jennifer Hudson used to test her singing chops on fast food customers.

16th January 2012

Quote: "I wanna little girl so bad and he walks around saying, 'I wanna sister'... No time soon, (I'll) give it about three more years." Jennifer Hudson is hoping to become a mum again and give her young son David a sibling.

16th January 2012

Quote: "He has the exact same background as (President Barack) Obama." Jennifer Hudson on her Harvard Law-educated wrestler fiance David Otunga.

14th January 2012

Quote: "He loves to sing, he loves to wrestle... He likes to wrestle mommy and sing to daddy." Jennifer Hudson's son with fighter David Otunga is a little mixed up.

12th January 2012

Quote: "Girl, get your sleep! We talked about this when I had my munchkin. It goes so fast. She's going to look up and (Blue)'s going to be six months. Next thing you know, she's going to be walking." Jennifer Hudson offers pal Beyonce her top tips for motherhood. The Crazy In Love hitmaker gave birth to little Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday (07Jan12).

13th December 2011

Tweet: "N yes he got me. I have bieber fever too. He is the sweetest n cutest ever !" R&B singer Jennifer Hudson is a big fan of Justin Bieber after performing on the same Christmas concert bill for U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night (11Dec11).

6th December 2011

Fact: Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Jennifer Hudson will bring holiday cheer to Disney fans during a star-studded TV telecast, hosted by Nick Cannon, on 25 December (11). The musicians will headline the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade with bi-coastal performances at the venue's landmark locations in both Florida and California.

26th August 2011

Quote: "I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on her 80-pound (36.4kilograms) weightloss.

5th August 2011

Fact: Jennifer Hudson was among those who got the chance to personally wish U.S. President Barack Obama a happy 50th birthday on the eve of his big day (04Aug11). The Oscar winner performed at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday (03Aug11) and insisted on wishing the special guest a happy birthday.

7th June 2011

Fact: Jennifer Hudson has signed a deal with publishing house Dutton to release a memoir about her weight loss. The singer and Oscar winner has lost over 80 pounds (36.2 kilograms) on the WeightWatchers diet plan. The as-yet-untitled book will be released in January (12).

12th May 2011

Fact: Superstar Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and Nicki Minaj have joined Lady GaGa among the performers staging special free shows in New York's Central Park this summer (11) as part of U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. The Poker Face hitmaker will kick off the weekly gigs on 27 May (11).

22nd March 2011

Quote: "I would love to and it would be an honour and a dream come true, so Aretha, I'm here!" Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson appeals to Aretha Franklin to pick her for the starring role in a biopic about the Queen of Soul. The Oscar winner was part of an all-star tribute to the Respect hitmaker at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

22nd March 2011

Quote: "I feel like I've led at least four different lives in just 29 years. So much has happened in my life. There's absolutely nothing the same today as it was 10 years ago." Singer Jennifer Hudson's new album, I Remember Me, draws on all of the star's life experiences.

16th March 2011

Quote: "He's very musical. He just loves music overall, and he's into it. I feel like I had a little Michael Jackson. He'd be in the backseat of the car, (moving) his little shoulder to anything that comes on the radio, and then I turn around like, 'What are you doing?' And he laughs like, 'Ha! What, you didn't think I had that move?'" Singer Jennifer Hudson's one-year-old son has what it takes to become the next Michael Jackson, according to his proud mum.

23rd February 2011

Tweet: "I see a lot of you guys want to see more of me and Christina together. What y'all think about us touring together?" Singer Jennifer Hudson asks fans if they're interested in her embarking on a tour with fellow diva Christina Aguilera.

10th February 2011

Quote: "It's like a brand new me. Sometimes I don't even recognise myself." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson on her incredible 80 pound (36.2 kilogram) weightloss.

10th February 2011

Fact: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's successful term as a WeightWatchers spokesmodel has produced huge results among her family members - the singer/actress and her relatives have lost a combined ton of fat on the diet programme.

9th February 2011

Fact: Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch will join Christina Aguilera and Yolanda Adams for a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Sunday's (13Feb11) Grammy Awards.

27th January 2011

Quote: "I'm so glad someone brought this Illuminati mess up... That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard in my life. And it's offensive..." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has dismissed rumours she owes her success to a mysterious cult.

24th January 2011

Quote: "Everything is already set. We already have our wedding bands and everything made... I designed my dress myself. It has its own show. It is a show, so it has to have its own moment with special lighting and everything, and theme music. Oh, I am so serious." Jennifer Hudson on her extravagant wedding plans.

13th October 2010

Quote: "I want one more baby. I'm not an 'Octomum'... I wanna girl so badly." Jennifer Hudson wants another child. The Dreamgirls star gave birth to son David last year (Aug09).

11th August 2010

Quote: "I have a serious shopping problem now. Each city we go to, my suitcase won't hold my new clothes, so we have to box them up and ship them home." Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson is loving fashion now that she's slimmed down to a U.S. size six.

29th June 2010

Quote: "It was a nice kiss and I've kissed a few people on camera." Jamie Foxx on having to kiss Jennifer Hudson the moment they met on the set of DREAMGIRLS.

20th May 2010

Quote: "In my head, I am still the same weight I was before. It takes a while to get used to it." Jennifer Hudson is still getting used to her slimmer figure after shedding pounds following the birth of her son David Jr. in August (09).

17th May 2010

Quote: "It's coming up. Everything's all ready to go." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson will be a married woman in a matter of months - but she's refusing to reveal further details about her upcoming wedding to wrestler David Otunga.

7th May 2010

Fact: Kelly Clarkson is the most successful American Idol contestant ever. She has sold 10.6 million albums, outstripping contemporaries including country star Carrie Underwood and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson.

25th November 2009

Fact: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE composer A.R. RAHMAN will join fellow Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson among the performers at U.S. President Barack Obama's first state dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night (24Nov09). The guests of honour at the star-studded event, held on the White House's South Lawn, is Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife.

20th October 2009

Quote: "It was the biggest surprise. When I told David, he had just come home and was sitting at the kitchen table having lunch. I spent all day trying to figure out how to tell him. In the end I just said it, 'David, I'm pregnant!' He dropped his sandwich!" Jennifer Hudson shocked fiance David Otunga with her baby news.

7th October 2009

Fact: New mum Jennifer Hudson uses LET IT BE ME, a song she has just recorded with Rod Stewart, to calm ber baby son down before a nap - the two-month-old tot loves the track.

17th May 2009

Quote: "He is such a gentleman, like, I sit in the car waiting because I can't touch the door. I am not allowed! And he is so serious and so focused, but yet, just like me, so playful. We are very similar and I just love the balance." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson gushes about her fiance David Otunga.

15th May 2009

Fact: Jennifer Hudson brought New York City to a standstill on Friday (15May09) for a free concert on live TV. Hundreds of fans flocked to watch Hudson perform on NBC's Today Show, forcing traffic to a standstill in the streets surrounding Rockefeller Plaza. And there was an extra treat for one lucky fan at the show, who was handpicked by Hudson to perform a duet of her song You're Gonna Love Me after winning a video competition on the morning programme.

14th May 2009

Quote: "He is such a gentlemen, like, I sit in the car waiting because I can't touch the door. I am not allowed!" Jennifer Hudson is impressed with her fiance DAVID ORTUNGA's manners.

19th April 2009

Fact: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson thrilled music fans in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday night (16Apr09) by duetting with Broadway legend JENNIFER HOLLIDAY during a concert. Hudson won her Academy Award for playing the role Holliday wowed theatre crowds with in the musical DREAMGIRLS. The ladies teamed up to perform Holliday's signature number And I Am Telling You from the show/film.

27th March 2009

Quote: "When I was 17 I worked in a Burger King and I found that I was making more money singing - one show was $75... so I decided, 'I'm quitting this Burger King; I'm gonna make my living using my talent... My first option was to be a singer and my next choice was to be a tattoo artist 'cos I also draw." Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson.

1st March 2009

Quote: "I used to stand in front of the mirror and practise my Grammy speech and then seeing her and having her present it to me, it was so emotional." Jennifer Hudson was overwhelmed to receive the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album from her idol Whitney Houston at the February (09) prizegiving.

28th February 2009

Quote: "I have a dog named Oscar, and a dog named Grammy too. And a dog named Dreamgirl." Oscar and Grammy-winning DREAMGIRLS star Jennifer Hudson has pets named after her career successes.

9th February 2009

Fact: Jennifer Hudson, 27, will kick off her first solo tour in April (09) - nearly six months after her mother, brother and nephew were murdered in a tragic killing spree. The singer has scheduled a five-week U.S. tour with soul star Robin Thicke.

30th January 2009

Quote: "She's going to be embraced, she's going to feel love like she has probably never imagined." Faith Hill is convinced Jennifer Hudson's comeback performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday (01Feb09) will be just what she needs after mourning the loss of her mother, brother and nephew. Hudson's family members were killed in a brutal triple murder tragedy last year (Oct08).

19th January 2009

Fact: Jennifer Hudson will follow up her performance at next month's (Feb09) Super Bowl by singing at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles a week later (08Feb08).

19th November 2008

Fact: The musical adaptation of DREAMGIRLS - which starred Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson on the big screen in 2006 - will begin its Broadway revival at New York's famed Apollo Theater in November 2009 as part of the venue's 75th anniversary. The original Broadway production of the show ran for more than 1,500 performances from 1981 to 1985.

16th October 2008

Fact: Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Nelly, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Wyclef Jean are among the musicians performing in a forthcoming televised series of pop concerts in a special news show spotlighting U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave is scheduled to air next week (24Oct08).

23rd September 2008

Quote: "I don't have much furniture so the only thing that occupies space in my house is the awards. The Oscar has its own stand." Jennifer Hudson likes to show off her trophies.

20th September 2008

Quote: "Before the Oscars, I got a dog and named him Oscar. Now I have a dog named Grammy." Jennifer Hudson hopes to add a Grammy Award to her 2007 Academy Award.

29th June 2008

Quote: "I had to do research like crazy on the civil rights movement. That messed with my mind. And then I had to fight three white men because I was my own stunt double." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on her tough new film THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

28th June 2008

Quote: "DAKOTA (FANNING) and Queen (LATIFAH) had to go the bee school and learn how to deal with bees and ALICIA (KEYS) had to learn to play the cello. I had to touch a bug. I had a fit. I almost lost my mind." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on the lengths she and her castmates had to go to for new film THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

21st June 2008

Quote: "Mine are real. People pay to get them like this and then let them hang out. They pay for what I got naturally. Why can't I flaunt the real ones? They're the real deal." Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson hits back at critics who accuse her of flaunting her ample bust.

20th June 2008

Quote: "I think she'd be married with a family. And she'd probably move next door to CARRIE." Jennifer Hudson has big plans for her Sex And The City: THE MOVIE character, writer Carrie Bradshaw's assistant, if a sequel is ever made.

31st December 2007

Fact: Actor Adrien Grenier, actress Shannon Elizabeth, Kim Kardashian and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will all host parties in Miami, Florida on New Year's Eve (31Dec07). ENTOURAGE star Grenier will perform with his HONEY BROTHERS band at the Hotel Victor.

20th December 2007

Fact: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is charging fans $1,000 (GBP500) each to watch her ring in the New Year (08) at Miami, Florida's The Setai. The singer will perform songs from the hit film at a New Year's Eve (31Dec08) party.

6th November 2007

Quote: "It's amazing! The first day I went to my fitting, and I was like, 'Wow, you picked that for me?'" Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on her part in the fashion-filled Sex And The City movie set.

19th September 2007

Fact: The much-anticipated SEX + The City movie began shooting in Manhattan, New York on Wednesday (19Sep07). The film, which reunites the cast of the hit TV show and features Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, is scheduled to be released in May 2008.

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