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Published: Thursday January 31, 2013 11:15 AM EST

2013

JENNIFER HUDSON: AMERICAN IDOL

Watch a clip of Jennifer Hudson on American Idol
It was a long road to Grammy gold for Hudson, whose early elimination from Idol's third season in 2004 was vindicated when the singer bounced back with a 2007 Best Supporting Actress Oscar and the release of her self-titled debut album, which won a 2009 Grammy for best R&B album.