Academy Award and GRAMMY(R) Award-winning superstar Jennifer Hudson performed on the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, an entertainment special which was broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, last night, July 4th on the CBS Television Network. For the second consecutive year, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Chiklis, star of the highly anticipated new CBS drama series VEGAS, hosted the special.
Hudson performed her signature tune, "And I Am Telling You" from Broadway's Dreamgirls. After thunderstorms moved into the area, the Esplanade was temporarily cleared, but eventually the crowd was let back in and the show went on as the American Idol alum sang "Feeling Good." Check out both performances below!
Jennifer Hudson is an Academy Award-winning actress and GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist. In 2007, she won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls. Her performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. Hudson most recently appeared on the big screen in the Farrelly brothers' comedy The Three Stooges, which opened April 2012. She received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2009 for her role in The Secret Life of Bees, and co-starred in the box office hit Sex and the City: The Movie.
NBC recently announced that Hudson will appear in a multi-episode arc of SMASH, beginning with the second season premiere, when the musical drama returns to the network's schedule. She will portray Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).
Hudson's 2008 self-titled debut album won a GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Album, which was presented by one of Hudson's idols, Whitney Houston. The certified gold album entered Billboard's Top 200 at #2 and has since sold more than 1.1 million albums worldwide. Her sophomore album, I Remember Me, debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified Gold in the U.S. Recently, she received a 2012 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Album and also took home two 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Album. She also collaborated with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross on the title track for the film Think Like a Man, which opened in April 2012. Hudson has been the national spokesperson for Weight Watchers since 2010.
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