Jennifer Hudson's road to music stardom is one for the history books. A frontrunner to win "American Idol" during its 3rd season, she was booted off of the show during its sixth week unexpectedly. Many insiders blame a power outage in her native Chicago as the reason for the low number of votes she received. She went on to co-star in the 2006 film version of "Dreamgirls". Her performance as Effie White, a role that had always been synonymous with Jennifer Holliday's portrayal, went on to win her an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her debut album was released in 2007, won one Grammy, and achieved Gold status. She released her second album in the spring of 2011. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
In amongst all of the success, however, she lost her mother, brother, and nephew in a shooting. Both her personal and professional lives have seen their share of ups and downs. When BET announced that it was going to honor Whitney Houston in 2010, Ms. Hudson seemed a perfect choice to serenade the singing star. Her performance of "I Will Always Love You", Ms. Houston's signature song, brought the house down, and moved the honoree, who stood for the entire performance, to tears. At the Grammy's this February, Ms. Hudson was again asked to honor Ms. Houston, as she had passed away just days before. Her performance again moved the audience to tears and was a fitting musical tribute from one rising star to another artist whose star had moved on.
Ms. Hudson is also moving on in her private life, as well. She recently welcomed a second child and purchased a new home in Chicago. The six-bedroom, 7-bath home is located in the suburb of Burr Ridge. Built in 2007, the gorgeous house also sports a floating staircase, multiple laundry rooms, a personal movie theater, and hardwood floors. She purchased the property for just under $3 million, a steep discount from its originally quoted price. With 12,000 square feet of space, she is certain to have enough room to add future awards to her already impressive collection.
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