Jennifer Hudson


A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is extraordinarily multi-talented. As a young singer from humble beginnings, Hudson sang in a small Chicago church, where week after week she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to garner worldwide acclaim as an entertainer.

Hudson’s 2008 debut self-titled album won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, a privilege made even sweeter when the award was presented by one of Hudson’s idols, Whitney Houston. Jennifer also received three other nominations, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B Song. The album then went on to win three NAACP Image Awards, including Best Album. The album reached No. 2 in Billboard’s Top 200, and has since sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Her sophomore album, I Remember Me  was introduced in 2011 to rave reviews, and the No. 2 slot on both Billboard’s Top 200 and R&B Albums charts. Hudson went on to receive a 2012 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Album, as well as two 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Album. She’s also kept busy, recently collaborating with Ne-Yo on the track “Think Like A Man” and with Rick Ross on the critically acclaimed single “Night Of Your Life,” not to mention teaming up with David Guetta on his recent hit-album Nothing But The Beat.

Outside of the music world, Hudson won a 2007 Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. Hudson also received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2009 for her role in The Secret Life of Bees. Prior to Bees, Hudson co-starred in the box office hit Sex and the City: The Movie, joining the hit television series' original cast of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

Expanding her talents in the arts, Hudson added “author” to her list of accomplishments in January 2012, with the release her New York Times best-selling memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down.”

Lately, Hudson has had the privilege of performing at the presidential inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the Academy Awards. In addition, Hudson released her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” a critically acclaimed track off her third album. Hudson was also honored by the Recording Academy at the annual Grammys on the Hill event for her philanthropic efforts with her organization, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. 

Jennifer, along with her sister Julia, created the foundation in 2009, in loving memory of Julia’s son. As a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare, the foundation exists to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so they can become productive, confident and happy adults. In 2011, Hudson was honored at VH1’s Do Something Awards for her charitable work, and was honored again at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon.

Ready to go? Click here to find Carnival LIVE cruises featuring Jennifer Hudson.