Academy Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson will step back into the public eye in a big way tomorrow when she sings “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Hudson’s performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will be her first since the murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew last October.
Hudson’s ex-brother-in-law, William Balfour, entered not guilty pleas to first degree murder and home invasion charges earlier this week, in connection with the killings. Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found shot to death in the family’s Chicago home on October 24. Three days later, the body of Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, was discovered. The child had been gunned down as well.
The 27-year-old entertainer’s career was hitting some very high notes before the family tragedy. In 2007, she won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the movie musical, “Dreamgirls.” Last fall, her self-titled album was released; and it has chalked up major sales and accolades. Hudson is nominated for four Grammys in connection with the “Jennifer Hudson” album; and she’s scheduled to attend the 51st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony on February 8 here at Staples Center.
Also, scheduled to perform during Sunday’s Super Bowl festivities are Faith Hill, John Legend, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.