The Chicago-born and -based singer came from a big singing family background, where she grew up in the choir. At age 7, she already knew the dream she was going to pursue.<br /><br />Hudson rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American idol and there has been no turning back. As an actress, she starred in her film debut, “Dreamgirls” with Beyonce, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and garnered 29 awards in 2006, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe. She also appeared in other films like “Sex and the City” and “Winnie Mandela”.<br /><br />As a singer, Hudson won her first Grammy Award for her debut album, <i>Jennifer Hudson</i> in 2008, which peaked at number two on the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart. The album spawned the hit single “Spotlight”, which also topped the <i>Billboard</i> Hot R&B/ Hip-hop chart in 2008, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. Hudson was nominated for four categories and won the Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album in 2008.<br /><br />Hudson has performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show and at the White House.<br /><br />Her second album, <i>I Remember Me</i>, was released in 2011, with three tracks co-produced by Alicia Keys, was then seen as a new introduction of Hudson. It was placed at number two on the <i>Billboard</i> Albums charts and was certified gold by RIAA, producing the hit, “Where You At”. By February 2012, Hudson had sold over 1.28 million albums and 2.23 million singles in the U.S. In 2013, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.