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Jennifer Hudson triumphs at Super Bowl

February 2, 2009 |  2:42 pm

Jennifer Hudson sang her heart out at the Super Bowl Sunday in Tampa. And today, Jennifer Hudson's performance is being compared favorably to the emotional one delivered by Whitney Houston back in 1991 when the Super Bowl was also played in Tampa. Back then, the Gulf War had just begun and Houston's stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" was released as a single and reached the top 20 on Billboard.

Yesterday at the Super Bowl marked Jennifer Hudson's first public appearance since the tragic deaths of her mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King, who were  murdered in their Chicago home Oct. 28. While there has been some hubbub surrounding the obvious fact that Jennifer Hudson lip-synced to a prerecorded track, that was at the request of musical director Rickey Minor.

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Her presence and performance at the Super Bowl earned the 2006 Oscar winner ("Dreamgirls") rave reviews and could put her in the running for the Emmy Award for best individual performance in a variety special, if ruled eligible by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The extraordinary circumstances of her appearance might prove to be akin to Bette Midler winning that same Emmy in 1992 for singing Grammy record of the year "Wind Beneath My Wings" to Johnny Carson upon his retirement from "The Tonight Show." If ruled ineligible because this was a TV sports show,  Hudson might still emerge a winner at the separate Sports Emmys.

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune said, "She began deliberately, then swung low to bring a chilling resonance to the word 'gleaming.' Though she stretched a few notes, she didn’t oversell the song or her voice. She reveled in its power. The final 'home of the brave' was a howitzer into the heavens." The New York Post thought she sounded "brillz" while the New York Daily News said, "Hudson redefined our national anthem last night as a statement of hope, faith and — yes — even a hint of defiance."

This coming Friday, Hudson will perform at Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Neil Diamond. And next Sunday, she is set to perform live on the Grammy Awards, where she is competing with four nominations for her self-titled debut album.

Read more about how other Oscar winners fared singing at the Super Bowl in the past.

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To MusicRules... You've got to be kidding me. There is no way anyone in their right mind would seriously say that performance was horrible. and to JD...this -in your words American Idol contestant" is AN OSCAR WINNER-AND FOUR TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE." I understand you get a feeling of power from being able to comment...but know what your talking about before you make a fool of yourself.
Yes Jennifer Hudson was once an American Idol contestant....now becoming an AMERICAN LEGEND before your FAULTERING EYES AND EARS.

To MusicRules... You've got to be kidding me. There is no way anyone in their right mind would seriously say that performance was horrible. and to JD...this -in your words American Idol contestant" is AN OSCAR WINNER-AND FOUR TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE." I understand you get a feeling of power from being able to comment...but know what your talking about before you make a fool of yourself.
Yes Jennifer Hudson was once an American Idol contestant....now becoming an AMERICAN LEGEND before your FAULTERING EYES AND EARS.

Not a big fan of lip-screeching.

Bette Midler sang One for My Baby to Johnny Carson, not Wind Beneath My Wings.

She did an amazing job at lip syncing? Total disapointment, but what should we expect from an American Idol contestant.

Why the outrage? It's taped live every year. Too many things could go wrong if it was fully live.

Even the great Whitney Houston Superbowl performance was lip synced.

Jennifer's version was beyond reproach.

Check out YoYo Ma's interview where he said that the John Williams piece performed at the Inauguration was taped - he said it was so cold that if they had performed live it would have been a disaster. I think it is routine practice to dub at major events.

not recongizable as the National Anthem??? its not like she remixed it and added a dance track to it. WHAT were you listening to? it was PERFECT! she may have gone long on 2 or 3 notes but it was amazing. Best rendition Ive ever heard.
anyone who has ever sung the National Anthem at the Superbowl has lip synced, thats fact. not favorable but it is what it is. Jennifer did an AMAZING job

Even though she lip sync'd, it was a great comeback.

Plus, Faith Hill lip sync'd too.

The comment above is complete nonsense: Whitney Houston lip synched, Beyonce lip synced, Faith Hill on and on. The producer requests that it's done that way and that's the way it is.

You have to judge the rendition on its own merits and to my ears, Jennifer's voice stands miles ahead of her peers.

I'm sorry but rendition of the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Hudson was horrible. It was not even recognizable as the National Anthem. An anthem should make you rise and shout, this Broadway musical / gospel version just caused a head scratch. Even watching the players you could tell that they weren't sure what was being sung. I understand she wanted to make the song hers, but you still have to keep the song recognizable. The lip-sync was just the topping on the cake.

Hey Jen,
We love you. You rock, girl!!
Glad to see you standing there like a rock. With love and hugs and looking forward to celebrating your wedding with you.
You made my day.
Amy

well you will get over it bob .. She wasn't the first and she wont be the last.... So calm your nerves..

Im disappointed Jennifer Hudson lip sync'd. I find fault in her handlers, not the artist, allthough she did participate in the hoax.
Its fraudulant, not law breaking but dupery. Im not picking on her, any artist to lip sync and pass it off as live is a fraud, when the song we hear is recorded in studio, the banner on the bottom should say "previously recorded." Why in the world would pre-game show producer Rickey Minor give such advice? "NOT recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance. Thats what the superbowl is all about, pressure and performance on the biggest stage of all." Rickey Minor should be discredited. The lip sync is fact, not opionion.
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