Hudson Wins, Sings at NAACP Awards

Last weekend Jennifer Hudson was arguably the big story at the Grammys; Thursday night it was the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards. It’s a shame she’s not up for an Oscar on Feb. 22!

Hudson, who has recently returned to the spotlight after a family tragedy, wowed the crowd with a performance (of “The Impossible Dream,” sung to Muhammad Ali) and took home a major award (Best New Artist), which is exactly what she did at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, too.

During her acceptance speech, Hudson said, “This is where we come from, so it’s always an honor to come home and feel welcome and to feel the love. I really cherish this and appreciate it.”

And Hudson, who was also chosen for Best Collaboration and Best Album, had another reason to celebrate: The Secret Life of Bees, in which she starred, won Best Motion Picture at the Image Awards, honoring achievements and performances of people of color in TV, film, music and literature.

Elsewhere, Hudson’s former Dreamgirls co-stars Jamie Foxx and Beyonce took home trophies for Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist, respectively, while Grey’s Anatomy won for Best Drama Series and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne Best Comedy Series.

Not present at the ceremony were nominees Rihanna and Chris Brown, following their much-publicized domestic dispute over the weekend.

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