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jennifer hudson short hair

Jennifer Hudson showed off a new look Sunday at the BET Black Girls Rock event held in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The Academy Award-winning actress and singer hit the red carpet while rocking a sexy little black dress and a decidedly-short new hairdo.

Before attending the high profile awards shows, the 32-year-old 'Dreamgirls' celeb hit Twitter to share a collage of images that she captioned, "Black Girls Rock!  Yep, catch it!  You've been jenniferized...catch it!!"

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Black Girls Rock! was created in 2006 as a way to promote positive images of women of color.  The 2013 ceremony was the eighth production and the fourth to be broadcast on television.  BET Networks will air Sunday night's show on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

The event honored Queen Latifah.  She told the crowd, "The name says it all.  Black girls do rock.  We need to own that, to live it.  I'm happy the event is happening in Newark.  I was born here, and I always try to come home, to let everyone know in Newark, Irvington, East Orange, Jersey City, that we can dream, and we can make those dreams reality."

Photos:  WENN, Twitter-Jennifer Hudson

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jennifer hudson and kim kardashian

Kim Kardashian flaunted a slinky gray wrap dress in West Hollywood on October 11 for an event at Dash.  That evening Jennifer Hudson rocked the same designer style at the premiere of her latest film 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.'

Hudson, 32, hit the red carpet at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival held at AMC River East Theater.

The drama film, directed by George Tillman, featured two former 'American Idol' winners.  Co-starring with Hudson is Jordin Sparks.

Kim and Jennifer both have gorgeous legs.  We noticed that Hudson opted to cover her cleavage while the reality star wanted to showcase hers.

This isn't the first time that these two ladies have appeared at high-profile events wearing the same designer dress.  In 2011 both women wore a champagne and black pattern bandage dress by Christian Audigier.

Jennifer wore hers to Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy bash in Feb 2011.  A few months later Kim wore the same look for sister Khloe's birthday party at Chateau Nightclub in Las Vegas.

We don't know who is styling Hudson these days.  As for the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' celeb, her greatest fashion influence over the past year has been Kanye West.

Game On!  Same dress -- who wore it best X 2 ?

kim k and jennifer h rock christian audigier 2011

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Posted by Meg
idol alum tapped to judge the show

FOX and 'American Idol' are reportedly courting several former contestants to become season 13 judges -- the latest attempt to turn the ratings tide that has been plummeting for the past several cycles of the show.

There are strong indications that Jennifer Hudson is negotiating a deal that will land the Oscar and Grammy-winning entertainer a place on the judges panel.  Other successful past participants who are rumored to be on the short list include Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert.

Kelly Clarkson, who won the first season of 'Idol' in 2002, was also in the rumored mix until her rep stated emphatically, "Kelly will not be a judge on 'Idol.'"  She is slated to get married later this year to Blake Shelton's manager, Brandon Blackstock.

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Fox Alternative Entertainment President Mike Darnell talked about finding the perfect singing show judge, "If you've never done it before, we don't know what we're getting.  You might be great, you might be terrible.  It's a skill... Everybody thinks they can do it but not everybody can."

Shortly after sharing that tidbit Darnell fired himself.  His statement read: "Mike Darnell votes himself out of Fox Broadcasting Company.  The results are in.  I'm extremely grateful that Fox has offered me a new long term contract but I've decided it's time for a change.  I've been in 'reality' since before it was even called that, and it has truly been an amazing ride."

Assuming you are a former fan of the show ... would a season of 'American Idol' alum as judges lure you back in?

Photo:  WENN, Twitter-Kelly Clarkson

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jennifer hudson and sandy hook choir

Grammy and Oscar-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson performed 'America the Beautiful' before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVII Sunday night with 26 children who make up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir from Newtown, Connecticut.

The rendition brought tears to the eyes of Baltimore Ravens players and some of their San Francisco 49ers opponents.

Hudson was a perfect choice to accompany this group of children who were left to cope with the deaths of 20 first-graders and six adults gunned down in a shooting rampage at their elementary school on Dec. 14.

Jennifer's mother, sister and nephew were murdered in their Chicago home by a relative who shot them with a hand gun.  William Balfour, Hudson's brother-in-law, received three life sentences without the possibility of parole in July 2012.

Check out the touching video below:

Photo:  Courtesy WENN, Video Screen Grab

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first couple serenaded by jennifer hudson

It wasn't by chance that Jennifer Hudson chose to serenade President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with the Al Green standard 'Let's Stay Together' during one of the official Inaugural balls.

The song is one that the Commander-in-Chief sang, in part, during a fundraiser held at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater last year.  He received rave reviews from Al Green, who later acknowledged, "He nailed it."

Last night it was Jennifer Hudson who wowed the audience with her own rendition while the First Couple danced and mouthed the words to each other.

Before taking the stage at the high-profile gig, Hudson hit Twitter to share her excitement, "Right now the President and First Lady will dance to Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together,' to be performed by ... ME!!! Yes!~ Amazing night!"

Check out the video below.  We've taken the liberty of adding Obama's 2012 rendition for your viewing pleasure:

Photo:  Twitter-Barack Obama

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jennifer hudson to join smash

The NBC Broadway drama 'Smash' will add Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson when season two airs in the fall.

Hudson won the Academy Award for Supporting Actress for her portrayal in 'Dreamgirls.'  She has signed on to play Veronica Moore on 'Smash.'

The former Idol alum from season three will appear in a multiple-episode role on the show that stars another Idol competitor, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a network announcement, "We're thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to 'Smash.'  This series is a showcase of some of the best musical talent in the business, and that's a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson.  Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it."

Executive producer Steven Spielberg said, "It's wonderful to be reunited with her at Dreamworks Television and NBC."

For those who followed the first season, three characters have been booted: Jaime Cepero (Ellis) and Raza Jaffrey (Dev) are out and Brian D'Arcy James (Frank), will return briefly before wrapping up his storyline opposite Debra Messing's Julia.

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jennifer hudson relieved by verdict

Jennifer Hudson bit her lip and tears rolled down her cheeks as the verdict was read in court on Friday.  She managed a small smile that she shared with her sister as William Balfour was found guilty of murdering three of their family members.

The slayings occurred during a jealous rage over a balloon gift that Balfour's ex-wife Julia Hudson received from her new boyfriend.

An eleven day trial included testimony by 83 witnesses and was built on circumstantial evidence.

After three days of deliberation, Balfour was convicted of first degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary in the 2008 deaths of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and Julian King.

Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia released a statement: "We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy.  It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday."

They also praised police and trial witnesses and thanked prosecutors for their "dedication and tireless work."

Balfour, 31, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Check out a verdict video below:

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jennifer hudson grammys

During last night's 54th Grammy Awards there were several moving tributes to singer Whitney Houston that included a heartfelt opening prayer by show host L.L. Cool J.

LL said, "There's no way around this.  We've had a death in our family, and so at least for me – for me – the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

"Whitney, we will always love you," he continued. "And we'll remember you the best way we know how – with a song."

Jennifer Hudson sang I Will Always Love You on a darkened stage with a photo of Whitney on the big screen behind her.  The brave and emotional rendition received a standing ovation from the crowd.

We have been covering the sudden death of Houston, who was discovered dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hill suite several hours before she was to have attended a pre-Grammy bash thrown annually by her mentor Clive Davis.  

View Hudson's tribute below:

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jennifer hudson to perform whitney tribute

In an eleventh hour decision, Jennifer Hudson has been asked to perform a Whitney Houston tribute at Sunday night's Grammy Awards broadcast live on CBS.

According to the show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich: "We are all pretty devastated, it hit us pretty hard.  We were in the middle of our rehearsal and the news started going around.  As you know she was very closely associated with the Grammys, both as a performer and as a Grammy winner."

"It's a very sad day for us and it's going to be tough to recover from.  But we go on with the show."

Houston was nominated for 26 Grammy Awards and won six times from 1986-2000: Saving All My Love For You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, The Body Guard original soundtrack album, I Will Always Love You, and It's Not Right But It's Okay.

Whitney Houston 1963-2012 RIP.

One of our favorites is Greatest Love of All ... check it out below:

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jennifer hudson blows off mj tribute gig in wales

Jennifer Hudson was not among the star-studded entertainers who performed at the Michael Forever tribute concert in Wales on Saturday night.

The Academy Award winning actress and recording artist bailed on the tribute producers, claiming that she didn't have enough time to prepare for the show.

Her rep told TMZ that she hadn't received the music in time and the MJ tribute production staff totally understood that she had no choice but to back out.

That isn't what the website discovered when they checked with show producers.  It appears that everyone had the same amount of time to prepare for the show, and the powers-that-be were NOT happy about her last minute decision to blow off the high-profile gig.  The kicker is that the singer signed a contract and was paid in advance.

The Weight Watchers spokeswoman tweeted yesterday, "To my uk fans that were coming to the mj show in wales. I will not longer be attending due to major production issues."

She continued, "I would have thought they would have informed you by now, so since they did not, I am.  Thank u for your support."

So what has Hudson been so busy doing that has kept her from preparing?  She was in Europe last week for the Paris Fashion Week runway shows.

Christina Aguilera did honor her contract, though her decision to rock a leotard turned out to be a major fashion misstep.

Photo:  WENN

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