Jennifer Hudson Inspires, Turns Emotional at People's Choice Awards

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There were any memorable speeches at the People's Choice Awards last night.

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev joked about their break-up. Justin Timberlake thanked his beautiful wife, Jessica Biel.

But Jennifer Hudson stood out from them all, taking the stage to accept the Favorite Humanitarian award with her sister, giving props to God and then going on about the lesson her late mother taught her.

"My mother always taught us that without family you have nothing, and whether you know it or not all are family, and what happens to the other happens to us, so it's very important to make a difference."

In 2008, Hudson's mother, brother and young nephew were killed in Chicago by her sister's estranged husband, William Balfour. Three years later, he was found guilty of first-degree murder.

Hudson has managed to persevere, however.

She remains a very popular singer and actress, both among the public and also among those who know her best. It helps when she buys her friends a house.

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Jennifer Hudson Biography

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Chicago, Illinois
Full Name
Jennifer Kate Hudson