Jennifer Hudson wins big at 53rd NAACP Image Awards

Jennifer Hudson was named entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of colour, NPR reports.

Hudson, who beat out Regina King, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion and Tiffany Haddish, thanked the NAACP for inspiring “little girls like me.”

The singer-actor accepted the award Saturday night.

“I was just standing here thinking ‘It was here – the NAACP Awards – where I watched so many legends and icons that inspired me,” said the Oscar and Grammy winner. “Now, I’m standing here holding an award like this. It’s because of seeing the Arethas, the Patti LaBelles, the Halle Berrys, all these legends right here on this stand that inspired me.”

Hudson played her idol Aretha Franklin in the film Respect. She was summoned to meet with Franklin in 2007 to portray The Queen of Soul shortly after Hudson won an Oscar for Dreamgirls.

Respect follows Franklin from childhood through the 1972 recording of the gospel album Amazing Grace.

“This is for Ms. Franklin’s legacy,” Hudson said after she earlier won best actress.

The awards ceremony aired live on BET in Los Angeles with some talent appearing in person while others watched virtually. There was no in-person audience.


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