Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981), also known by her nickname J.Hud, is an American singer and actress. Throughout her career, Hudson has received various accolades for both her music and acting

Hudson rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. She made her film debut as Effie White in the musical Dreamgirls (2006), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the youngest African-American to win in a competitive acting category.

Hudson was the subject of significant media attention in 2008 when her mother, brother, and nephew were killed in a shooting. She resumed public appearances the following year with a high-profile performance at Super Bowl XLIII as well as other mainstream events.

In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hudson has contributed as a coach on the UK and the US version of The Voice from 2017 up to 2019, becoming the first female coach to win the former.

Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta. After commenting that she had been singing on Disney Cruise Lines (aboard the Disney Wonder) for the past few months as one of the Muses from Hercules

Jennifer Hudson once sang, “You’re gonna love me.” She was right. The actress and singer received her first Tony Award on Sunday as a co-producer for “A Strange Loop,” which won the prize for best musical. With it, she sealed her status as the newest member of the EGOT club.

Hudson began her EGOT journey in 2007 with an Oscar for best supporting actress as the effervescent Effie White in “Dreamgirls.” Next was a Grammy for best R&B album for her self-titled debut in 2009

Hudson joins a select group of 16 other celebrities who have reached EGOT status, starting with composer Richard Rogers in 1962 and including famed artists such as actress Rita Moreno and singer John Legend.

She is only the second Black woman to join the EGOT elites; she joins Whoopi Goldberg, who became a member of the esteemed group in 2002. Hudson, 40, is also the third-youngest EGOT winner

In addition to her Academy Award, she clinched a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award and a BAFTA (Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars) for her acting debut in “Dreamgirls.”