Jennifer Kate Hudson, widely known as J.Hud, is a multi-talented American singer-songwriter, actress, talk show host, and producer. She has earned numerous accolades throughout her illustrious career, spanning music, film, television, and theater. Among her most notable achievements is becoming the second African-American woman and youngest woman to attain all four major American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2020.

J.Hud first gained widespread recognition as a contestant on the third season of American Idol in 2004, where she finished in seventh place. She made her film debut in 2006 as Effie White in the musical Dreamgirls, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the youngest African-American to win a competitive acting category. She went on to release her self-titled debut studio album in 2008, which was certified Gold in both the US and UK, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

J.Hud’s subsequent studio albums, I Remember Me (2011) and JHUD (2014), were both top ten chart-toppers on the Billboard 200, with the former also certified Gold in the US. She has also taken on various acting roles, including films like Sex and the City (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Winnie Mandela (2011), Black Nativity (2013), Sing (2016), Cats (2019) and Respect (2021), as well as television shows like Smash (2012), Empire (2015), and Confirmation (2016). Her Broadway debut came with the musical The Color Purple.

Additionally, J.Hud has lent her expertise as a coach on both the UK and US versions of The Voice from 2017 to 2019, and was the first female coach to win the former. Her undeniable talent and ability to excel in multiple fields have made her a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, and she continues to inspire and captivate audiences with her work.