In 2004, she auditioned for and won a spot on the third season of American Idol along with eventual winner Fantasia Barrino
. Though a strong contender and fan favorite from the start, Hudson would eventually become the sixth of the 12 finalists to get voted off the show. Ironically, after the show ended, there was speculation that Barrino
would get the coveted role of Effie in the film version of Dreamgirls. However, Hudson won the role and went on to receive not only critical acclaim for her performance, but also both a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, was delayed after the shocking murders of her mother, brother, and nephew by her brother-in-law, but finally materialized on Arista
in September 2008, led by the Top Ten R&B/hip-hop single "Spotlight." The full-length debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and eventually went gold.
In March 2011, Hudson delivered her second studio album, I Remember Me, a relatively upbeat release featuring the R. Kelly
-penned single "Where You At." It debuted at number two as well. Hudson continued to focus as much on her acting career as on music, appearing in a number of big-budget feature films including Sex & the City, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Three Stooges, and Lullaby. As a result, another three years passed between Hudson albums. Her third full-length, the groove-heavy JHUD, was released in September 2014. It debuted at number ten. "It's Your World," another R. Kelly
collaboration, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Performance. Hudson continued acting, most notably in a Broadway revival of The Color Purple in 2015 and the televised Hairspray Live! in 2016. In 2017, Hudson was a coach for the sixth series of The Voice UK and released "Remember Me," her first single for Epic
. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi