Jennifer Hudson- Back in Action

Carmen Stephens

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF(AP/UTC)–The 27-year-old singer/actress is slowly starting to return back to work following the October slayings of her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson; 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson; and 7-year-old nephew Julian King. Her estranged brother-in-law has been charged in the killings. She gave a sincere and heart warming performance of the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UypHA-bXXY

Only four days later she performed again at the Grammy’s.  A smiling Hudson performed her hit “Spotlight,” which earned her one of her four Grammy nominations, and got a standing ovation from the crowd. But she raised the bar with a pairing with Barry Manilow, injecting one of his signature songs, “Weekend in New England,” with a lacking ingredient — soul.

Hudson also did an outstanding job on the tribute to her mother entitled “You Pulled Me Through” at Clive Davis’ party.  Davis spoke highly of Hudson.  “Very touchingly, she called me when she read of my lifetime achievement award, (and said) that she wanted to be part of it, that she wanted to come back with her musical life, so, of course, that is touching,” he says. He added that Hudson will also be performing a surprise duet “that people won’t see elsewhere.”  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0XLoQnK6os

Jennifer Hudson has finished filming her first video since the accident.  The clip for “If This Isn’t Love” was done in Los Angeles and is set to debut the week of Feb. 9.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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