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Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity. She has made numerous television appearances, including guest roles on Smash, Empire and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple.

As a singer, Hudson has released three studio albums. Her debut album Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. The record was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Her second album I Remember Me, released in 2011, also debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Her third and most recent album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track "It's Your World".

In October 2008, Hudson stepped out of the public eye for three months. Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, with high-profile performances at Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Hudson has been described as a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009. She also performed at the White House at the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" event. In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Hudson became a coach on The Voice UK.

She provides the singing voice of young Nana Noodleman in the North American release of Sing.


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VOICE ACTORS FOR SING
| Adam Buxton | Andrew Walton | Asher Blinkoff | Beck Bennett | Bill Farmer | Bob Bergen | Brad Morris | Carlos Alazraqui | Caspar Jennings | Chad Reisser | Chris Renaud | Daamen Krall | Daniel Mora | David Arnott | Doug Burch | Edgar Wright | Garth Jennings | Gregory Perler | Igor Khait | Jason Pace | Jay Pharoah | Jeremy Maxwell | Jess Harnell | Jim Cummings | John C. Reilly | John DeMita | Jon Robert Hall | Leo Jennings | Matthew McConaughey | Nelson Beato | Nick Kroll | Nick Offerman | Oscar Jennings | Peter Serafinowicz | Robert Morse | Robert Taylor | Seth MacFarlane | Taron Egerton | Teruyoshi Uchimura | Thomas Walters | Townsend Coleman | Wes Anderson |
VOICE ACTRESSES FOR SING
| Abby Craden | Asa Jennings | Barbara Harris | Britt Burton | Catherine Cavadini | Ewa Farna | Gigi Leung | Jarita Wan | Jen Faith Brown | Jennifer Hudson | Jennifer Saunders | Jessica Rau | Jessica Rotter | Laraine Newman | Laura Dickinson | Leslie Jones | Marisa De Silva | Paige Pollack | Reese Witherspoon | Rhea Perlman | Sara Mann | Scarlett Johansson | Tara Strong | Tori Kelly | Willow Geer |
MALE MUSICIANS RELATED TO THE PRODUCTION OF SING
| Afrojack | Antônio Carlos Jobim | Antonio Vivaldi | Arthur Johnston | Bernie Taupin | Benny Blanco | Cat Stevens | Christopher Cross | Claude François | Crazy Town | Da Internz | Dave Bassett | Dave Brubeck Quartet | David Bowie | Digital Underground | Donovan | Drake | Dwele | Elton John | Ennio Morricone | Garth Jennings | Gerry Rafferty | Gipsy Kings | Greg Kurstin | Irving Berlin | Jack White | Jacques Revaux | Jay-Z | Jesse Shatkin | Joby Talbot | John Legend | Johnny Burke | Kanye West | Leonard Cohen | Luciano Pavarotti | Maino | Major Lazer | Max Martin | Men Without Hats | Michael Jackson | Paul Anka | Paul McCartney | Polow da Don | Queen | Robbie van Leeuwen | Rod Argent | Ryan Tedder | Seal | Shellback | Sir Mix-a-Lot | The Spencer Davis Group | Stevie Wonder | Swizz Beatz | Tiki Pasillas | Uwe Schmidt | Van Halen | Vybz Kartel | Wham! |
FEMALE MUSICIANS RELATED TO THE PRODUCTION OF SING
| Ariana Grande | Beverly Ross | Beyoncé | Cyndi Lauper | Dolly Parton | Ewa Farna | Jennifer Hudson | Katy Perry | Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Lady Gaga | Las Ketchup | Nicki Minaj | Sia | Taylor Swift |
NON-BINARY MUSICIANS RELATED TO THE PRODUCTION OF SING
| Sam Smith |
MUSICIANS ASSOCIATED WITH SING PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL
| Aerosmith | David Guetta | Deee-Lite | DJ Khaled | Ed Sheeran | Eminem | Katy Perry | Ludacris | M.I.A. | Panic! at the Disco | Paul McCartney | Pharrell Williams | Rick Ross | Snoop Dogg | T-Pain | Usher |
MUSICIANS ASSOCIATED WITH MISCELLANEOUS SING MATERIAL
| Lady Gaga |
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