Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.
She made her acting debut as "Effie White" in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls” which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The soundtrack of the film was a huge success, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. One of Hudson's performances, "Love You I Do," was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
Following Hudson's success with “Dreamgirls,” her self-titled debut album, “Jennifer Hudson” was released in 2008, to commercial success, reaching the top of the Billboard charts, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. Hudson's first single from the album, "Spotlight" was a success around the world, reaching #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The song also reached #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Jennifer Hudson” has since been certified gold in the U.S. Hudson was nominated for three Grammy Awards for “Jennifer Hudson,” winning the award for Best R&B Album at the 51st Awards Ceremony.
Her second album “I Remember Me” was released in March 2011, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200. The lead single "Where You At" was released in January 2011. The single made its debut on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #53, peaking at #11.