Jennifer Hudson Returns with a Dramatically Soaring Triumph

Jennifer Hudson Returns with a Dramatically Soaring Triumph

In her first public appearance since the tragic October murders of her mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson re-entered the national spotlight and gave a stunning performance of The National Anthem before a huge Super Bowl crowd on Sunday. As she stepped onto the small blue platform with a solemn expression, Hudson initially trembled on her high heels. She began and ended the performance with an audible sigh. But in between, Hudson unleashed her signature crystalline vocals, bringing to The National Anthem a dreamlike, pensive quality that rivaled Whitney Houston’s legendary soul rendition in 1991 during the first Gulf War. Pouring her heart into the music on the largest national stage of the year, Hudson instantly set a new standard.

Jennifer Hudson’s heart has surely been broken by recent events, but her voice remains a rare instrument. If anything, the tragedies in her life gave this performance an emotional inspiration that couldn’t be denied. The result was a grand national diva moment for the ages. Hudson began with feelings of tenuous doubt: Would the world welcome her back? Is she still good enough? In the end, she delivered a dazzling skyward-striving musical call to the heavens. Jennifer Hudson confronted her underlying feelings of almost unspeakable pain, and shared with all of us her capacity to transcend that anguish through a dramatically cathartic musical performance.

Jennifer Hudson Returns with a Dramatically Soaring Triumph

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In Honor of Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson and Her Mother (The Late Darnell Hudson Donerson)

The Mother and Brother of Jennifer Hudson Are Slain

The mother and brother of the Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death inside her mother’s house on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon, and the police were said to be looking for her 7-year-old nephew. Police confirmed that Ms. Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, was one of the victims, the ABC affiliate WLS reported on its Web site. A neighbor reported that the other victim had been identified as Ms. Hudson’s brother, Jason S. Hudson, 29.

Sen. Barack Obama, a fan and friend of fellow Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, took time out from his Presidential campaign Saturday to send his condolences to his fellow Chicagoan. “Michelle and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy, and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew.

Hudson, at the behest of Senator Obama, performed the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Jennifer Hudson’s Mother, Brother Murdered

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Jennifer Hudson: The Star Spangled Banner (DNC, Denver)

Jennifer Hudson: And I Am Telling You

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