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Entertainment News: jennifer hudson

Kelly Clarkson accepts a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
08/06/2013

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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01/26/2014
Miley Cyrus appears at the 2014 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 25, 2014. - Provided courtesy of Sara De Boer / startraksphoto.com

Check out photos of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and more stars at Clive Davis' annual Pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 25, 2014.

01/03/2014
Jennifer Hudson appears at the premiere of Black Nativity in New York on Nov. 18, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Kristina Bumphrey / Startraksphoto.com

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).

12/23/2013
Robin Thicke appears at the Berlin 2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards on Nov. 7, 2013. - Provided courtesy of James Coldrey/Action Press/startraksphoto.com

"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.

11/13/2013
Jennifer Hudson appears at a ceremony celebrating the unveiling of her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 13, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Tony DiMaio / Startraksphoto.com

See photos of Oscar winner and "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and posing with her fiance, David Otunga, and their 4-year-old son, David Daniel Otunga, Jr.

10/28/2013
Jennifer Hudson debuts a short hairstyle at BETs 2013 Black Girls Rock event in New York on Oct. 26, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Marcus Owen / Startraksphoto.com

Jennifer Hudson debuted a short, cropped hairstyle at BET's 2013 Black Girls Rock event - see photos of her and other stars, such as Mariah Carey, "Glee" star Amber Riley, Queen Latifah, Eve and Regina King.

08/01/2013
Sophia Bush attends the 2013 Do Something Awards in Hollywood, California on July 31, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Sara De Boer / startraksphoto.com

See photos of Sophia Bush and celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband and Carmen Electra at the VH1 Do Something Awards on July 31, 2013.

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01/31/2013
Jennifer Hudson sings as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance together at an Inaugural Ball, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. - Provided courtesy of Carolyn Kaster

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.

01/22/2013
Kelly Clarkson wore this strapless Oscar de la Renta floral gown to the Inaugural Ball honoring President Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2013. She attended with her fiance, Brandon Blackstock. - Provided courtesy of pic.twitter.com/6cl1lo4G / twitter.com/kelly_clarkson

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.

01/22/2013
Kelly Clarkson wore this strapless Oscar de la Renta floral gown to the Inaugural Ball honoring President Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2013. She attended with her fiance, Brandon Blackstock. - Provided courtesy of pic.twitter.com/6cl1lo4G / twitter.com/kelly_clarkson

Check out photos of Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley and other celebrities at the Inaugural Ball honoring President Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2013.

02/13/2012
Dolly Parton  appears in a scene from the 2012 film Joyful Noise. - Provided courtesy of Alcon Film Fund

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.

11/16/2012

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.

07/24/2012

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.

05/11/2012
Jennifer Hudson appears in a still from her No Ones Gonna Love You music video. - Provided courtesy of Arista Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

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.

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