Artist gallery: Jennifer Hudson
1. Jennifer Hudson on American Idol
Jennifer first shot to fame after auditioning for the third season of US talent show, American Idol. She was voted off in the sixth week of live shows.
2. Jennifer Hudson at UK Dreamgirls premiere
In 2005 she was cast as the role of Effie in the big screen adaptation of Dreamgirls, allegedly beating Fantasia Barrino (who won American Idol the year she entered) to the part. Here she is with Beyonce and Anika Noni Rose at the UK premiere.
3. Jennifer Hudson at the Oscars
Her critically acclaimed performance in Dreamgirls won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007, becoming one of the youngest and also one of the few actresses to win such an accolade in her debut big screen outing.
Showing she hadn't completely abandoned her music career for the big screen, she made a guest appearance on Ne-Yo's second album 'Because Of You' in 2007 on the song Leaving Tonight.
And somewhat bizarrely she also popped up on Meatloaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose' album, duetting with the veteran rocker on The Future Ain't What It Used To Be.
6. Jennifer Hudson
Following her success in Dreamgirls, Jennifer landed the role of Carrie Bradshaw's assistant, Louise in the Sex And The City movie, which became a massive worldwide hit in 2008.
7. Jennifer Hudson at the SATC premiere
And here she is with Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Jessica Parker at the US premiere.