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A Look Back at Some of Jennifer Hudson’s Biggest Showstopping Performances

Jennifer Hudson makes her debut as The Voice‘s newest coach this week, and if you’re not already excited, let us give you a few reasons to get excited.

Hudson made her debut on American Idol in 2004, and ever since then she’s been delivering seriously unforgettable musical performances, whether in movies that won her an Oscar, on the stage at Award shows, at the Kennedy Center paying tribute to Oprah, in a car with James Corden, or even on the Voice stage across the pond.

She particularly seems like the go-to for tributes that will blow you away, as she’s paid some seriously incredible tributes to Prince, Whitney Houston, and Oprah, among others.

In celebration of her newest gig, let’s take a look back at some of those memorable performances, starting way back in 2004 when we all first realized she was one watch on Idol

All the way back in 2004, Jennifer Hudson was good on American Idol, but this performance of a delightful Disney tune solidified her as someone who would go far beyond not winning a reality TV show.

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

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Duh. There’s a reason she won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in this movie.

Jennifer Hudson, Kennedy Center


We’re not sure how Hudson even managed at all to stand on that stage and pay tribute to Oprah with Oprah in the room, but somehow, she also completely killed it.

Jennifer Hudson, Grammys


Hudson paid tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys literally the day after Houston died, and it was breathtaking. Devastating, but breathtaking.

Jennifer Hudson, Carpool Karaoke


She was only the second official guest of the segment (after Mariah Carey) and she gave us the best sung drive through order Astroburger has ever gotten.

Jennifer Hudson, BET Awards


Jennifer Hudson’s “Purple Rain” was unlike any “Purple Rain” we’ve ever heard before. Nothing can top Prince’s original, but JHud’s version comes close.

Hairspray Live, Jennifer Hudson


Hudson wasn’t the only vocal powerhouse in the cast of Hairspray Live, but she was the stand out cast member thanks to her performance as Motormouth Maybelle. Her version of “I Know Where I’ve Been” moved us all nearly to tears.

Jennifer Hudson, The Voice UK


Considering the talent of the other UK coaches (will.i.amGavin Rossdale, and Tom Jones) this was a weirdly lackluster rendition of “Under Pressure” until JHud showed up to bring the house down.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBC Universal family.)

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