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Hudson: Dead Brother's Voice Pushed Me to Sing Again

She heard voices of mom, brother in her head

(Newser) - How was Jennifer Hudson able to make a comeback, singing the national anthem at the 2009 Super Bowl just months after her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered? Those family members played a part, she explains to Dateline in an interview airing Jan. 8. "I felt as though I...

Hudson on Family Murders: Fiancé 'Saved My Life'

She could easily have been in Chicago that day, she reveals

(Newser) - In a rare moment, Jennifer Hudson addressed the horrific murders of her mother, brother, and nephew , telling Ebony that she credits fiancé David Otunga with saving her life, People reports. “I could have been home with my mom then,” she says, but Otunga had begged her to visit...

Jennifer Hudson: Family Murders 'a Blur, Surreal'

She talks about deaths for the first time

(Newser) - On her Behind the Music special last night, Jennifer Hudson spoke out for the first time about the 2008 murders of her mother, brother, and nephew. "It's all a blur, it was surreal," she says, adding that she stayed in one room for two weeks “with just...

Jennifer Hudson Tarnishes One Shining Moment

Tournament-ending video montage disappoints

(Newser) - CBS dropped the ball on the most eagerly awaited part of its NCAA basketball tournament coverage, critics agree. Hiring Jennifer Hudson—who isn't even a CBS recording artist—to sing "One Shining Moment" was one thing, but turning the wildly popular annual highlight montage into a Jennifer Hudson video...

Hudson Is New Weight Watchers Spokesperson

Singer got in shape after pregnancy

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson is the newest celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers, the company announced today. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress, 28, lost weight after giving birth to son David Jr. in August, and is now thinner than she was pre-pregnancy, Us reports. The ads will begin airing Sunday; Hudson calls Weight...

NCAA Final Four Goes 3D
 NCAA Final Four Goes 3D 

NCAA Final Four Goes 3D

Jennifer Hudson to sing 'One Shining Moment'

(Newser) - Sports fans will get a chance to watch the NCAA Final Four in 3D as CBS attempts to gauge interest in the extra dimension. It won't be 3D TV—fans must go to movie theaters to view a live broadcast of the games. About 100 theaters nationwide are expected to...

Obama Salutes Protest Songs With Concert
 Obama Salutes 
 Protest Songs 
 With Concert 


Obama Salutes Protest Songs With Concert

Bob Dylan, Queen Latifah head all-star salute to music that fueled civil rights

(Newser) - Crediting civil rights-era protest songs and their spiritual predecessors for his election, President Obama last night opened the White House to an all-star lineup that paid tribute to the music that he said fueled freedom marches and civil disobedience. Queen Latifah sang the Marvin Gaye classic "What's Going On"...

Jennifer Hudson to Sing at State Dinner

 Hudson to 
 Sing at State 

Jennifer Hudson to Sing at State Dinner

White House still mum on first lady's outfit

(Newser) - Tonight's first state dinner of the Obama administration is likely to be a star-studded affair, and while the White House has been tight-lipped thus far, details are leaking: Guests at tonight’s celebration of Indian PM Manmohan Singh are said to include Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, as...

Jennifer Hudson Welcomes Son
 Jennifer Hudson 
 Welcomes Son 

Jennifer Hudson Welcomes Son

Pregnancy was never announced, but here he is

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson never formally announced she was pregnant, but the proof is in the pudding: She welcomed son David Daniel Otunga Jr. yesterday, she tells the Hollywood Reporter. The baby, named for his father, was conceived shortly after the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew. Hudson and Otunga...

Guest List Solidifies; Liz Taylor Won't Attend
 Guest List Solidifies; 
 Liz Taylor Won't Attend 
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Guest List Solidifies; Liz Taylor Won't Attend

(Newser) - The star-studded guest list for the Michael Jackson memorial service tomorrow in Los Angeles doesn't include Elizabeth Taylor, but the legendary actress is sure her dear friend would understand, People reports. "I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others,"...

Preggers Hudson Holds Baby Shower

(Newser) - A longtime friend of Jennifer Hudson confirmed rumors today that the singer is pregnant, the Chicago Tribune reports. Hudson held a baby shower yesterday at a relative's home, "a quiet gathering of friends and mostly family,” said actress/singer Felicia Fields. “They’re really trying to keep it...

'Mama's Baby' Hudson Relied on God

Fiance also helped her through tragedy

(Newser) - Since her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered last year, Jennifer Hudson has relied on God for strength, People reports. “The thing that keeps me going is knowing God is in control. It’s like, if he placed me here then I must be prepared,” she told Essence ...

Hudson Reportedly Pregnant
 Hudson Reportedly Pregnant 

Hudson Reportedly Pregnant

Plus, Anna Nicole's half-sis sues, and more

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson is pregnant, according to the New York Post. The Oscar winner, who had no comment, is set to marry David Otunga this summer. Elsewhere:
  • Anna Nicole Smith’s half-sister is suing the publisher of her tell-all exploiting Smith’s death, TMZ reports. Apparently they published it without signing—

Idol Judges Issue First 'Save'

Even so, Simon says he probably won't win

(Newser) - No one was eliminated from American Idol last night, with the judges using their new one-time save power to keep Matt Giraud from being voted off, AP reports. The bad news? Giraud still doesn’t “really have any chance of winning the competition,” Simon Cowell said. Because the...

Hudson Visits Ellen, Gets Taken for a Ride

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson's lovely parting gift from the Ellen DeGeneres Show was a doozie, Us reports: Ellen gave Hudson a tandem bike as an engagement present. “David is going to love this,” Hudson said of fiancé David Otunga. “We're like big kids, so we like to ride bikes....

Hudson Returns to Idol, Barker to Price Is Right

Plus, celeb feuds heat up and simmer down

(Newser) - Celebrities are returning to their roots today. Jennifer Hudson is taping a performance after tonight’s American Idol that will air on an upcoming episode, the AP reports, and Bob Barker is taping an appearance on The Price is Right to air April 16, according to Variety. Elsewhere:
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Teary Hudson Snags Grammy for R&B Album

Behind the scenes, cops probe Chris Brown; Rihanna bails

(Newser) - A tearful Jennifer Hudson won her first Grammy today, thanking her family "in heaven and those who are with me today." While Hudson's emotion was front and center, drama unfolded behind the scenes when police said just 90 minutes before the show began that they were investigating nominee...

Whitney Grooves at A-List Grammy Gala

Paul McCartney, Kanye West also at Clive Davis tribute

(Newser) - Whitney Houston emerged from seclusion to headline the star-studded Pre-Grammy Gala last night, and didn’t disappoint, Edna Gundersen writes in USA Today. The diva belted out a “short but lively medley” that included I Will Always Love You and I’m Every Woman. But she wasn’t the...

Hudson's Use of Backing Track Is Common

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson's use of a pre-recorded backing track for her boffo rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl is par for the course in the industry these days, ABC News reports. Exhibit A: Faith Hill did the same when she sang "America the Beautiful" before the same...

Hudson Scores With Super Bowl Comeback

First performance since her family murders is emotional 'touchdown'

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson returned to the spotlight yesterday for the first time since her family tragedy, giving an emotional performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, AP reports. When she asked the producer how she did, “I told her ‘Touchdown!’” he said. “She’s...

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