Jennifer Hudson can now add a Grammy to her growing collection of awards. The Oscar-winning actress won her first Grammy Award this evening for best R&B Album and I cannot think of one performer who deserved this award more than Ms. Hudson.
Even given her auspicious start as a finalist during the Season 3 competition of American Idol, she was eliminated from the show early on in the competition. However, this did not deter Ms. Hudson. American Idol has now commenced their 8th season and, in all that time, not one performer -winner or no – has achieved the monumental success and accolades that Jennifer Hudson has achieved.
However, all of the success was brutally interrupted by the tragic murders of Jennifer’s mother, brother and nephew in October 2008. It defies all logic that Jennifer was able to somehow pick up the pieces of her life and bravely make a comeback in the last few weeks – first at the Superbowl last weekend and then through her performance this evening at the Grammy Awards. Her performance tonight was an emotional beginning to Jennifer’s life without her mother by her side and it was a moment in time which I will never forget.
Below is her inspired performance of The Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl last weekend and I will add her Grammy performance as soon as possible. Enjoy.
Oh, and as a final note, visit Jennifer’s Official Site where you can download her phenomenal rendition of the American National Anthem.