News

Jennifer Hudson gives emotional speech at Walk of Fame ceremony

Jennifer Hudson gives emotional speech at Walk of Fame ceremony

WALK OF FAME: Jennifer Hudson gets her star. Photo: Associated Press

Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson fought back tears while speaking about her late mother as she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.

The Oscar winner was surrounded by family and friends when she unveiled the 2,512th star on the iconic Los Angeles sidewalk, but Hudson pointed out that there was one person she wanted by her side for the special moment – her late mum Darnell Donnerson.

Welling up during her acceptance speech, Hudson said, “I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like ‘Jenny stop crying’ but now’s the time to cry mama, it is. This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I’m so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we’re all a family.”

Donnerson, along with Hudson’s nephew and brother, was shot dead by her sister’s estranged husband William Balfour in 2008.

During the ceremony, music executive Clive Davis, was also on hand to praise the former American Idol contestant.

He recalled, “I didn’t sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning, but when I saw her, I saw her screen test for “Dreamgirls,” I knew that she was truly a unique original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal… and that voice.

“I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I’d hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.”

Hudson was also joined by her fiance, David Otunga, their four-year-old son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., R&B star Raphael Saadiq and songwriter Diane Warren at the ceremony.

Recent Headlines

7 hours ago in Music

Taylor Swift is laughing all the way to the bank

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, July 10, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The "Shake It Off" star has earned $73.5 million from album sales, streaming and publishing revenue and her 1989 world tour - almost double the fortune amassed by country star Kenny Chesney, who is a distant second.

8 hours ago in Entertainment

‘Oregon Trail,’ ‘Sonic’ join World Video Game Hall of Fame

videogamehall2016AP

Last year, "Super Mario Bros." and "Pong" were among the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The class of 2016 is just as strong.

12 hours ago in Entertainment

Seth MacFarlane returning to Fox with new sci-fi series

sethmacfarlane536713938826

The "Family Guy" star is producing a new series set 300 years in the future.

14 hours ago in Music

Kelly Rowland glad she waited to have children

15-overlay-1

The R&B star is thankful she didn't rush into motherhood because she may never have found her "amazing" husband Tim Witherspoon.

14 hours ago in Music

‘You can’t always get what you want,’ Stones tell Trump

rollingstonesREUTERS

The Rolling Stones told Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday to stop using the band's music for his campaign after artists such as Adele and R.E.M. made the same request.