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Jennifer Hudson To Get A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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11/18/2013 7:46 pm
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Jennifer Hudson To Get A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Media Courtesy of Associated Press

Shelby Arnold

Staff Writer

Major kudos go out to Jennifer Hudson who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The American Idol alum and Oscar winner is the first Idol contestant to win the prestigious award. Clive Davis was on hand at the ceremony to speak about Hudson and in the process, he compared the singer to two other famous coloured ladies who have left their mark on both the movie and music industry. "I have been privileged in over 25 years with two of the greatest voices of all time - Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I'd hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.” Hudson made her debut on American Idol in 2004 where she wowed the world and the judges but she didn't win the singing competition. In a surprise elimination, she finished the show sixth. Sixth. With a set of pipes like hers, it was definitely a shock that she didn't go all the way. That didn't stop the stunning crooner, though. Soon after Idol, she started recording an album and was set to co-star in the movie Dreamgirls. If you've been living under a rock, of if you don't like musicals, Dreamgirls was not only Eddie Murphy's return to movies, it was also the catapult for Hudson's star quality. She played the role of back-up singer Effie White but it was her performance in the movie and her performance of the titular song “And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going” that rocketed her to stardom. She would go on to win 29 awards for that movie including an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie at the Academy Awards. In addition to being a singer and an actress, she's also a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and a friend of President Obama's. She's founded The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims in honour of her mother, brother and nephew who were murdered in 2008. After Davis spoke of her rousing vocals at the ceremony, Hudson took the stage and through tears said this: “I knew I would get emotional and I'm sure my mom is in heaven like 'Jenny stop crying' but now's the time to cry mama, it is," she said with a smile, looking up to the sky. "This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I'm so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we're all a family." Jennifer Hudson is sure to go down as our generation's Whitney Houston. I am certainly not complaining. Congrats, Miss Hudson!


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