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Jennifer Hudson is an Oscar and Grammy-winning actress and singer known for roles in Dreamgirls and Sex and the City.
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Jennifer Hudson first entered the spotlight as a contestant on "American Idol" in 2004. In 2006, she starred in the movie musical "Dreamgirls," which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
After performing on "Star Search," Usher landed a recording contract with LaFace Records and released his first album at the age of 15. His album "Confessions" sold over 10 million copies and featured the hit song "Yeah!"
Born and raised in New York City, Alicia Keys began piano lessons at age 7. After graduating from the Professional Performance Arts School, she signed a deal with Clive Davis. Her debut album "Songs in A Minor" earned her five Grammys.
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Hudson has also become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and published the 2012 book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down. She’s started her own clothing line and contributed to the soundtrack for Think Like a Man while continuing to star in film projects as well. She was featured in 2012’s The Three Stooges and portrayed famous South African activist Winnie Mandela in the biopic, Winnie,
which has seen a limited release in Canada. In 2013, Hudson appeared as a reoccurring guest star on the television musical series Smash.
Hudson and her boyfriend, David Otunga, have been engaged for several years and have a son. Otunga, a Harvard Law School graduate who starred on the reality show I Love New York 2, is a WWE wrestling star and has entered the world of acting with a role in the film The Call.
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