Born and raised in Chicago, Hudson, who has been singing since she was 7, first gained notice when she tried out for season 3 of American Idol. Known for her confidence as well as her powerful voice, Hudson was considered a favorite to win when she was eliminated in 7th place, an elimination that caused an uproar. She then put her focus on her music career and even decided to try her hand at acting. Her first film role was as Effie White in the film version of the classic Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which was released in 2006. Hudson received priase for her performance, winning both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her work in film, Hudson has also appeared on television, most notably the Fox drama Empire, and has even appeared on Broadway.
Hudson released her self-titled debut album in 2008. It went gold and earned her a Grammy for Best R&B Album. She has since released two more albums and is currently working on her fourth.
The Voice UKEdit
In 2017, Hudson became a coach for the sixth series of the Voice UK. She became the first female coach in that show's history to win when her protege, hotel worker Mo Adeniran, won the show on April 2, 2017.
Hudson has been in a relationship with WWE commentator David Otunga since 2008. The couple, who are engaged, have a son, David Otunga, Jr., who was born in August 2009.