September 14, 2020
Jennifer Hudson celebrated her 39th birthday in style as she showed off a bespoke jewelry piece that had sentimental meaning. Hudson also received a tribute from singers Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight.
Singer Jennifer Hudson turned 39 on September 12 and didn’t fail to share with her fans the highlight of her special day. Hudson uploaded a photo of two meaningful diamond-encrusted pendants on a purple background to commemorate her big day.
The first jewelry piece was a heart-shaped pendant while the other was her birth date. The lovely photo was captioned, “9-12 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ME!!!!!!!!!”
Jennifer Hudson attends the NBCUniversal press day during the 2016 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images.
In no time, fans and celebrities alike flooded the comments section with birthday wishes for the “Spotlight” crooner. Among them was senior colleague, Patti LaBelle who wrote:
“Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! I love you to the moon and beyond!”
Other users celebrated Hudson and praised her for creating music that changed people’s lives for the better, calling her a “superwoman.” However, Hudson’s big day didn’t stop there as she had a later gift from her senior colleagues, LaBelle and Gladys Knight.
The “Dreamgirls” star shared a poster from the recent “Verzuz” battle between the two music icons, calling it her “birthday gift.” She praised them for honoring her with the competition and described it as a dream come true.
With two Grammy awards, an Oscar, and several accolades to her name, Hudson has undoubtedly had a successful career since her “American Idol” days.
The singer and actress credits her faith in God and her family as the secret behind her achievement. She revealed that her maternal grandmother, Julia Kate Hudson was responsible for infusing her into the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church choir where her talent was harnessed.
According to Hudson, she inherited her melodic voice from her grandmother and recounted hitting her first note at the age of seven. Although she was primarily raised in a small family with her grandmother, mother, and two siblings, Hudson comes from a much larger brood.
According to reports, Franklin handpicked the “Walk It Out” singer to play her before her demise in 2018.
After tracking her father who abandoned her as a kid, the “The Voice” alum discovered that she was the youngest of the 27 children he had fathered with several women.
When Hudson isn’t making waves with her voice, she also doubles as an actress. The Golden Globe winner’s latest project is to star as Aretha Franklin in the 2021 biopic, “Respect.”
An electrifying trailer released for the upcoming movie showed Hudson belting magic notes as she performed the song on stage. According to reports, Franklin handpicked the “Walk It Out” singer to play her before her demise in 2018.
Other stars to feature in the project include Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Marc Maron, and others. Fans may recall that the Chicago-native got her big break after finishing as a finalist during the third season of “American Idol.”
With the exposure from the competition show, she created a name for herself, and the following year bagged the role of Effie White in the critically-acclaimed movie, “Dreamgirls.”
Her stellar performance earned her both a Golden Globe and Oscar award, projecting Hudson to new heights she never thought she could attain.