Jennifer Hudson Through The Years

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Jennifer Hudson on ‘American Idol’

Jennifer Hudson poses in her headshot for season three of ‘American Idol.’ The powerhouse singer was a contestant on the show, and finished in seventh place. However, not winning didn’t discourage her from achieving her goals. Just two years after being on the reality singing competition, she starred in the movie ‘Dreamgirls,’ for which she won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. This helped skyrocket Jennifer’s career to a whole new level. She released her debut studio album in 2008, followed by two more in 2011 and 2017. She also made her Broadway debut in 2015 in ‘The Color Purple.’ There’s no doubt that Jennifer is a triple threat, and she’s been highly regarded as one of the top voices of her generation. Keep scrolling through the gallery to see more photos of Jennifer throughout her illustrious career.

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Jennifer Hudson in Las Vegas

Jennifer Hudson poses for a photo as she arrives for the ShoWest’s closing night ceremony at Paris Las Vegas Hotel in March 2006. At the event, she was named the Female Star of Tomorrow. 

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Jennifer Hudson in ‘Dreamgirls’

Jennifer Hudson sings in a recording studio while filming ‘Dreamgirls.’ The movie came out in 2006 and Jennifer received a number of awards, including an Oscar, for her performance in the film.

Related: Jennifer Hudson's Best Movies

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Oscars

Jennifer Hudson proudly holds up her trophy after winning at the 2007 Oscars. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Dreamgirls’ at the show.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jennifer Hudson is all smiles while rocking a sexy purple dress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007. She also took home a Best Supporting Actress award for her incredible ‘Dreamgirls’ performance at this show.


Jennifer Hudson Performing at the 2009 Grammys

Jennifer Hudson performs in a sparkling dress at the 2009 Grammys. The powerful performance came less than one year after her mother, brother and nephew were killed in a tragic shooting. 

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2011 Grammys

Jennifer Hudson shows off her weight loss while walking the red carpet at the 2011 Grammy Awards. She wore a navy blue dress and her hair long and straight, along with clunky heels at the event.

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Jennifer Hudson at the American Music Awards in 2011

Jennifer Hudson proudly shows off her weight loss while wearing a silver mini dress at the American Music Awards. She added black platform heels and a pop of red lipstick to complete her red carpet look.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2011 Oscars

Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. She was ravishing in red in her halter dress, which featured a plunging neckline. Jennifer looked chic with her hair pulled back into an updo, as well. 

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Jennifer Hudson at the Project Runway Fashion Show

Jennifer Hudson poses before the Project Runway fashion show, where she was a judge, during New York Fashion Week in 2012. She wore a stunning pantsuit and matching blazer and looked fierce as she struck a pose on the catwalk. 

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Jennifer Hudson at the ‘Call Me Crazy’ Premiere

Jennifer Hudson attends the “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” premiere in 2013. She wore a skirt and blouse of mismatched patterns for a cool, but stylish, look on the red carpet.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2013 Oscars

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. She wore a form-fitting, sparkling blue dress, which had long sleeves. Her bangs were on display as she wore her hair straight to the event. 

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Jennifer Hudson at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Jennifer Hudson is all smiles while attending her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Nov. 2013. She was joined by her then-fiance, David Otunga, and their son during the proud moment. Jennifer looked stunning in a white mini dress and matching heels, while her guys wore gray suits.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Jennifer Hudson looks angelic in a white dress at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. Her gown came down to her mid-calf and had long sleeves, and she completed the look with open-toed heels and an updo.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Jennifer Hudson attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017. She rocked a strapless black and white dress, which had a slit up one side. At the time, she was rocking a short pixie cut.

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Jennifer Hudson in 'Sandy Wexler'

Jennifer Hudson stars in the film ‘Sandy Wexler’ in 2017. Here, she’s pictured in a scene from the movie, where she was seated at a table in a white outfit.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards

Jennifer Hudson attends the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards for Nickelodeon. She fit the theme perfectly by wearing a pair of orange pants, which matched the carpet. 

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Jennifer Hudson Filming ‘Respect’

Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic, ‘Respect.’ She filmed scenes for the film outside in 2019, and looked stunningly similar to the iconic singer.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. She wore an off-the-shoulder black dress, which featured some fringe detail, and her hair pulled back. 

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Jennifer Hudson hits the red carpet in a sexy, tan-colored outfit at the Billboard Music Awards in 2019. She had a lighter hairstyle, which was styled in a bob that was parted to the side.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 2019 Oscars

Jennifer Hudson is stunning in a one-shouldered red gown at the 2019 Academy Awards. Her dress featured a leg slit, and she completed the look with her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

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Jennifer Hudson at the 'CATS' Premiere

Jennifer Hudson attends the World Premiere of “CATS” at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Dec. 16, 2019. She wore a navy and black dress, which had sheer sleeves and some lace detailing. 

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life and is syndicated by Cheapism.