Entertainment News: jennifer hudson
From singing cover songs in front of millions of television viewers a week, to selling hit records and garnering numerous awards, see what past 'American Idol' contestants, including favorites such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert, have been up to since becoming stars on FOX's hit singing competition show.
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Could Jennifer Hudson be any cooler?
The 32-year-old Oscar and Grammy-winning star bought her assistant and childhood friend Walter a HOUSE for Christmas. She posted a video of his reaction to the news -- which mostly consisted of screaming happily -- on her Instagram page earlier this week (watch it below).
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" is set to ring in the new year with performances by Robin Thicke and more.
Ryan Seacrest hosts "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" and Jenny McCarthy will once again join him in Times Squarein New York City for the celebration. Meanwhile, Fergie returns to host the west coast party on the show.
Jennifer Hudson is set to join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Super Bowl Sunday.
"I'm blessed & honored to be singing 'America The Beautiful' with Sandy Hook elementary school chorus at the Super Bowl Sunday," the performer Tweeted on January 31.
Kelly Clarkson sported a romantic, floral look at the Inaugural Ball honoring President Barack Obama on January 21.
The Grammy-winning pop star and first winner of "American Idol" attended the event with her fiance, Brandon Blackstock. She wore a strapless, sweetheart neck Oscar de la Renta gown printed with a dazzling array of white, yellow and reddish orange flowers and green leaves and posted on her Twitter page two photos of herself.
Dolly Parton said she had an emotional reaction to Jennifer Hudson performing "I Will Always Love You" in tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Grammys on February 12.
Parton wrote and originally performed "I Will Always Love You" in 1974 for her 13th studio album "Jolene." She later rerecorded the song in 1982 when it was included on the soundtrack of the film "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," starring Parton and Burt Reynolds.
Grammy winners Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams are among the stars who sing to honor the late Whitney Houston in a tribute performance event called "We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston."
The ceremony airs on Friday, November 16, at 10 p.m. ET on CBS and was taped in October at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Other celebrity guests include actresses Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson as well as singer Britney Spears, another Grammy winner.
Jennifer Hudson's brother in-law William Balfour has been given three life sentences without the possibility of parole, as well as an extra 120 years in jail, for murdering the singer and actress' mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
The sentence was issued on Tuesday, July 24, months after Balfour, 31, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and four other counts related to the 2008 killings.
The jury read a verdict in the murder trial of William Balfour, the man charged with murdering Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
Balfour was found guilty on all counts and faces a mandatory life sentence. Hudson, her fiancÚ and her sister were on-hand when the jury announced the verdict on May 11, 2012.