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Jennifer Hudson honours Aretha Franklin at Pulitzer Prize Ceremony

by Music-News.com on May 30, 2019

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Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to music icon Aretha Franklin at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony on Tuesday.

Hudson took to the stage at the Low Memorial Library of Columbia University, New York to honour the Queen of Soul, where she stunned audiences with a rousing performance of the late star’s hit Amazing Grace.

Speaking to The Associated Press following the performance, the 37-year-old gushed over the profound impact the star had on her life and career.

“She’s always with me, I feel,” she reflected. “I always keep her in my mind and in my heart, and try to lead in a way that I know that she would want me to.”

Aretha, who died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 last August, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honour, becoming the first individual woman to earn the prize since the accolade was first presented in 1930. Organisers of the event said they were honouring the star for “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades”.

Upon receiving news of the prize, the (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman star’s team took to Instagram with a celebratory post, writing in the caption: “The queen still reigns.”

Jennifer, who is set to play the soul legend in an upcoming biopic, also revealed the Respect hitmaker chose her personally for the role.

“(Aretha) called me when I was on Broadway and she was like, ‘And I’ve made my decision, and it is you.’ I was like, ‘Yes ma’am, I’m ready. I will give it every bit of my all,‘” Jennifer recalled. “Even when I auditioned for American Idol, I sang ‘Share Your Love with Me’ by Aretha Franklin… Even when I did Dreamgirls, they were like, ‘What’s going to be the next big role that you would play, or that you feel could measure up to this?’Fifteen years later, it has manifested.”

Jennifer won an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White in 2006 smash hit musical, Dreamgirls.

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