Jennifer Hudson Biography: Age, Net Worth, Instagram, Spouse, Height, Wiki, Parents, Siblings, Awards, Movies, Songs

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Jennifer Hudson is a shining example of a multi-talented artist who has excelled in various professions. 

She has proven herself a talented singer, actress, producer, and talk show host, earning numerous awards and accolades in each field. 

Her versatility and dedication to her craft have made her a household name and an inspiration to many. Her success reminds us that hard work, determination, and passion can lead to great achievements.


  • Full Name: Jennifer Kate Hudson
  • Stage Name: Jennifer Hudson
  • Born: September 12, 1981
  • Age: 42
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Nationality: American 
  • Occupation: singer, actress, producer, and talk show host.
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Parent: Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson.
  • Siblings: 2
  • Spouse: David Otunga 
  • Children: David Daniel Otunga Jr
  • Relationship: Divorced
  • Net Worth: $40 million 

Early Life And Education

Jennifer Kate Hudson, the celebrated American singer and actress, boasts a journey that began on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in a Baptist family, she was the youngest of three children born to Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson

 From a young age, Jennifer’s vocal talent was evident as she sang in her church choir and actively participated in community theatre productions. She continued to pursue her passion for music, graduating from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago in 1999 and attending Langston University and Kennedy-King College to study music. In 2003, she landed her first professional singing gig as Calliope in a Disney cruise ship production.


Jennifer Hudson is a multi-talented artist who began singing at a young age. She honed her skills by performing in her church choir and local talent shows. After high school, she briefly attended Langston University before deciding to drop out and fully pursue her music career. In 2004, she auditioned for American Idol and finished in seventh place. 

Two years later, Hudson made her film debut in Dreamgirls and her performance as Effie White was highly praised. She went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role. In 2008, she released her self-titled debut album, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.

Jennifer Hudson’s impressive music career has earned her numerous accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for her debut album. However, she has also proven her talent in the film industry, starring in hit movies such as Dreamgirls and Sex and the City. 

In addition to her successful entertainment career, Hudson has also ventured into television, serving as a coach on The Voice and launching her talk show in 2020. With her incredible talent and versatility, it’s no surprise that Jennifer Hudson continues to be a powerhouse in the entertainment industry.

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards

  • Won Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls 
  • Golden Globe Awards
  • Won: Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Dreamgirls
  • Nominated: Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama for Respect
  • BAFTA Awards
  • Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls 
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Dreamgirls
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls 
  • Grammy Awards
  • Won: Best R&B Album for The Breakthrough 
  • Won: Best Musical Theater Album for The Color Purple 
  • Nominated: Best R&B Album for I Remember Me 
  • Nominated: Best R&B Performance for Spotlight 
  • Nominated: Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love Letter” 
  • NAACP Image Awards
  • Won: Entertainer of the Year 
  • Won: Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for Respect 
  • Won: Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble for The Jennifer Hudson Show 
  • Won: Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional) Song for “Superstar” with Anthony Hamilton
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Chi-Raq 
  • Nominated: Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional) Song for “Pushin” with Stevie Wonder
  • Tony Awards
  • Won Best Musical for A Strange Loop (as producer)
  • Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Won: Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment for The Jennifer Hudson Show

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @iamjhud
  • Facebook handle: @JenniferHudson
  • Twitter handle: @iamjhud
  • Youtube: @jenniferhudsontv
  •  Thread handle: @jenniferhudsonshow

Personal Life

Jennifer Hudson has been open about the tragedy that struck her family in 2008. She has also been transparent about her relationship with David Otunga and their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr. 

In recent years, she has been linked to rapper Common, although their relationship status has not been confirmed. Beyond her career in music and acting, Hudson is also a philanthropist who uses her platform to support education and empower youth through her foundation.

 She serves as a role model for many young people, particularly women of colour, who admire her resilience and success in the face of personal and professional challenges. Despite her fame, Hudson remains a private person, choosing to keep certain aspects of her life out of the public eye.



Studio albums:

  • Jennifer Hudson 
  • I Remember Me
  • JHUD 


  • And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (from Dreamgirls soundtrack)
  • Spotlight
  • You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)
  • If This Isn’t Love
  • Breakup (Nobody Wins)
  • I Remember Me
  • Where You At
  • Nobody Knows
  • Golden Slumbers (with Smokey Robinson)
  • Walk It Out
  • I Still Love You
  • Movin’ on Up
  • Purple Rain


  • Film:
  • Dreamgirls 
  • Sex and the City
  • The Secret Life of Bees 
  • Winnie Mandela 
  • Black Nativity
  • Rio 2 (voice)
  • Chi-Raq 
  • Sing (voice)
  • Sandy Wexler 
  • Cats 
  • Respect


  • American Idol
  • Smash
  • Empire 
  • Confirmation
  • The Voice
  • Café Mocha TV 
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (voice)
  • Tell It Like a Woman


  • The Color Purple 

Net Worth

Jennifer Hudson’s net worth is estimated to be around $40 million. She is an American singer and actress with great success in both fields.

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