Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress, came to popularity after landing as the seven-place finisher on the third season of American Idol in 2004. Her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, released four years later gained a Grammy Award and was certified gold by the RIAA with more than a million copies sold out. In acting career, she had her first role as Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006), which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also made her appearances in a number of films like Sex and the City (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Winnie Mandela (2013).
Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle are idols having great influence on her career. After a semester at Langston University, she dropped out to attended Kennedy–King College. In 2004, she participated in the third season of American Idol in Atlanta.
She was in a long relationship with James Payton since 1999 before engaging David Otunga in September 2008 and the couple had a son together named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.