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Jennifer Hudson won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for her performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award and an NAACP Image Award. Additional film credits include Sex and the City, Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, and Black Nativity. Her highly acclaimed album, JHUD, dropped this past fall in the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200. Just prior, she released singles including the recently Grammy-nominated "It's Your World," featuring R. Kelly; "He Ain't Goin' Nowhere," featuring Iggy Azaelea; "I Can't Describe," produced by Pharrell and featuring TI; and "Walk It Out," featuring Timbaland. Most recently, Hudson was featured on Gorgon City's chart topping track, "Go All Night," off their new album, Sirens. Hudson's 2008 debut album went Platinum and entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 2 thus marking the biggest first week sales for an R&B female entry since 2004. The album was nominated for four Grammys and won for "Best R&B Album." In 2009, Hudson released her sophomore album, I Remember Me which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified Gold in the U.S.

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Jennifer Hudson STAGE CREDITS

[Motion Picture]
NBC Live Televised Production, 2016
Motormouth Maybelle

Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Shug Avery

Broadway Revival Production, 2006

Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles

Jennifer Hudson Movies

[2006]Dreamgirls Effie White

[2008]Winged Creatures Kathy Hammet

[2008]Sex and the City Louise

[2008]The Secret Life of Bees Rosaleen Daise

[2011]Winnie Mandela Winnie Mandela

[2012]The Three Stooges Sister Rosemary

[2013]The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Mom Gloria

[2013]Black Nativity Naima

[2014]Lullaby Nurse Carrie

[2015]Chi-Raq Irene

[2016]Sing Young Nana

[2017]Sandy Wexler Courtney Clarke

[2018]Monster Mrs. Harmon

[2019]Cats Grizabella

[2021]Respect Aretha Franklin

[2022]Tell It Like a Woman Kim Carter, Pepcy

Jennifer Hudson Awards and Nominations

Jennifer Hudson Videos

Jennifer Hudson News

Video: Watch Sanaa Lathan & HGTV Week on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Discover the latest on HGTV Week featuring Sanaa Lathan, Egypt Sherrod, and Mike Jackson. Dive into behind-the-scenes stories and insights from 'The Jennifer Hudson Show' writer. Watch new videos from the episode now!

Liesl Tommy to be Honored at NYTW 2024 Gala; Shoshanna Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon & More to Appear

New York Theatre Workshop's 2024 Gala will honor theater and film visionary Liesl Tommy. Learn more about the gala and about Tommy!

Video: SHUCKED Songwriter Brandy Clark Visits THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Grammy Award-winning country music artist Brandy Clark stops by and tells Jennifer about her first Grammy win after 17 nominations, revealing how she knew she'd won before her name was announced.  Brandy also shares how her collaboration with Brandi Carlile came about. Watch the new videos from the episode now!


WILL.I.AM discusses surprise Super Bowl performance and thoughts on artificial intelligence. HGTV's Brian Kleinschmidt shares 'American Idol' audition experience and working with wife Mika. Watch the videos from the episode now!

Vide: Watch Billy Gardell on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Jennifer looks ahead to the 2024 Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, February 16, and performing during half-time for the All-Star Game on Sunday, February 18. Then Billy Gardell joins Jennifer and reflects on getting his big break in “Mike and Molly” with Melissa McCarthy. Watch the videos from the episode!

THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Teams With HGTV For Special Week Of Programming

Stars from across HGTV's leading home renovation and lifestyle series will join the nationally syndicated talk show February 19-23, including Home Town's Erin & Ben Napier, Page Turner from Rock the Block, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt from 100 Day Dream Home, and Egypt Sherrod & Mike Jackson from Married to Real Estate.

Video: Watch Sarah Silverman on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Sarah Silverman discusses her experience with a pet psychic and appearing in viral celebrity photos on 'The Jennifer Hudson Show.' Plus, NBA player Chris Matthews helps Jennifer prepare for the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. Watch the videos from the episode now!

Video: Watch Donald Faison & Bobby Berk on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Multitalented Donald Faison makes an appearance on “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” airing Monday, February 12. The week continues with comedian Sarah Silverman and Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Coco Jones. Watch the new video interviews now!

Video: Watch Babyface on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Legendary musician and producer Babyface sings an unreleased track and chats about the Grammys and working with SZA on 'The Jennifer Hudson Show.' Plus, he gives Jennifer tips on performing at the NBA All-Star Halftime Show. Watch the videos from the episode now!

Hollywood Bowl Named Outdoor Concert Venue Of The Year At 35th Annual Pollstar Awards

The Hollywood Bowl was honored last night as the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year (Red Rocks Award) at the 35th Annual Pollstar Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Monica Is Joining Nicki Minaj on Her 'Pink Friday 2' North American Tour

Multi-platinum 25-million-plus selling Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and actress Monica will be joining Nicki Minaj on her Pink Friday 2 North American Headline tour as her Special Guest. Monica shared the news earlier when she stopped by The Jennifer Hudson show in Los Angeles!

THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Scores Season-Best Ratings

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” scored its best ratings of the season during the week guests Common, Paris Hilton, and Snoop Dogg joined the EGOT winner in January. “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” which was just renewed for a third season by the FOX Television Stations and Hearst Television.

Video: Watch Beth Behrs And David Guetta on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Actress Beth Behrs and Grammy Award-winning DJ David Guetta make an appearance on “The Jennifer Hudson Show.' The week continues with Grammy Award-winning artist Monica and legendary musician & producer Babyface. Watch videos from the episode now!

Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon & More Will Reprise Roles in HELL'S KITCHEN on Broadway

AKW Productions has just announced the Broadway premiere of the new musical HELL’S KITCHEN and we have the full list of stars and newcomers!

Sandy Duncan, Andrea McArdle, Krysta Rodriguez & More to Star in LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Theatre Aspen

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore will be presented at Theatre Aspen in March. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Vide: Watch Chrissy Teigen on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW's 250th Episode Celebration

Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Hudson chat about how John Legend and Common often get mistaken for each other and agree that they look related to one another before Jennifer suggests that they go on a double date together for Valentine's Day. Watch videos from The Jennifer Hudson Show's 250th episode now!

EL COLOR PÚRPURA llega a los cines este viernes

Este viernes 9 de febrero llega a cines de toda España EL COLOR PÚRPURA, película dirigida por Sam Blitz Bazawe y producida por Oprah Winfrey que adapta el musical de Broadway basado en la novela de Alice Walker.


The “Kings From Queens: The RUN DMC Story” star tells Jennifer how the name Run DMC came about, revealing that they were unsure of the name at first.  Rev Run then recalls feeling competition when a muscular LL Cool J came on the scene, and shares how he worked on music with Michael Jackson. Watch videos now!

Kylie Minogue Is Planning a U.S. Tour

Pop icon Kylie Minogue makes an appearance on “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” confirming that she is working on a U.S. tour. The “Padam Padam” singer chats about her Las Vegas residency and how it's a much more intimate setting compared to her tours, revealing she plans to do a U.S. tour soon. Watch the videos now!


Jennifer Hudson has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Jennifer Hudson has not appeared in the West End.

Jennifer Hudson has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for her role in The Color Purple.

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