News: Jennifer Hudson Makes First Public Appearance, Performs At Super Bowl

Sunday, Feb 1, 2009 9:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson made her first major public appearance since the loss of her nephew and mother, with a performance at the 43rd Super Bowl.

The R&B singer helped kick things off by reciting the national anthem.

Jennifer Hudson returned to the spotlight tonight (Feb. 1) with a flawless performance of the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Wearing a flowing white top with black pants and a cropped black jacket, the 27-year-old singer/actress took a deep breath before launching into the anthem. (Billboard)

Hudson's voice reportedly demonstrated triumph considering her recent family losses.

Her take on the anthem was a blend of gospel and soul. She kept the tempo deliberate, climbing easily up to the high notes for "the rocket's red glare" and then again for the climax. Her emotional roller-coaster ride was all the more stunning because she had been riding the American dream over the previous two years. (New York Daily News)

The singer was also coached by the game's pre-game show producer Rickey Minor.

"I told her 'Touchdown!'" Minor told The Associated Press after the performance. "This was such an important performance, because it's the first time everyone has seen Jennifer. But she's in such a great place, with such great spirits and time can heal her wounds. She's on fire right now and totally grounded." (Associated Press)

Hudson is also scheduled to perform at this month's 51st Grammy Awards.

She is up for four Grammys for her self-titled album, including best R&B album, best female R&B vocal performance, best R&B song for "Spotlight" and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for her duet with Fantasia, "I'm His Only Woman." The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS, Sunday, February 8 and will telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SOHH)

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