Queen Bey helped First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate her 50th birthday at a private party at the White House on Saturday. The star-studded guest list included politicians and entertainers such as Jay Z, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Magic Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Gladys Knight.
Sparkling in a short gold fringe dress and heels, Beyoncé took the stage to perform a special set for the First Lady and guests. The singer posted pictures of herself with the Obamas’ dog Sunny and on the plane en route to D.C. Blue Ivy also joined her mother at the White House, petting the dog in her white dress.
While no dinner was served, guests enjoyed drinks and dessert and worked up a sweat on the dance floor. President Obama delivered an emotional speech to his wife and even got down while doing the Dougie.
Cell phones and cameras were not allowed inside, but media crews captured some of the guests as they arrived.
“We had such a good time with the 1st family in dc tonight!” tweeted Jennifer Hudson.
See more pics of Bey and J-Hud from the FLOTUS’ big night.
The Knowles took over NOLA to celebrate their mother Tina’s 60th birthday. Beyoncé and Solange hosted a lavish masquerade ball in New Orleans on Saturday night with their family and friends including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Kris Jenner, The-Dream, and Gayle King.
They shut down Creole restaurant Muriel’s Jackson Square in the French Quarter for the enchanted evening, which reportedly cost over $100,000. The guest of honor, Mama Tina, arrived in a horse-drawn carriage alongside her man, actor Richard Lawson.
Fans camped out to see Bey, who snuck in from a separate entrance, donning a body-hugging dress and sparkly mask, while her younger sis beamed in yellow as she pulled up with her beau Alan Ferguson. Jay looked sharp in a black tuxedo and mask and Kelly Rowland showed off her short new ‘do.
Monica, who attended with her husband Shannon Brown, expressed her gratitude to Ms. Tina. “Thank you for encouraging me & in the worst of times reminding me. I’m Gods Child mistakes and all were all his children,” she said.
Jennifer Hudson also wished the birthday girl, writing, “Happy birthday mama Tina! Such Beautiful woman!!! N a blessing to us all!!”
Jennifer Hudson was overcome with emotion while accepting the Favorite Humanitarian award from LL Cool J at Wednesday’s 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards. With her sister Julia by her side, the 32-year-old Oscar winner was honored for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in memory of her nephew.
The Chicago native spoke about giving back to the community and using her celebrity to make a positive difference.
“I have to start off saying the same thing I said when I won my Oscar—look what God can do!” said Hudson. “My mother always taught us that without family you have nothing, and whether you know it or not, we all are family, and what happens to the other happens to us, so it’s very important to make a difference.”
She dedicated the award to her mother and brother, who were murdered along with her nephew in 2008.
“We want to dedicate this to our mother, who taught us without family you have nothing, and my brother, who was the most giving,” said J-Hud.
There were tears, tributes, and plenty of thrills when the Soul Train Awards 2013 aired last night on BET and Centric. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, this year’s show paid homage to the soul soundtrack of the ’90s, with performances from today’s brightest stars and the legends before them.
Jennifer Hudson kicked off the two-and-a-half hour show at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena with her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” accompanied by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Chaka Khan, and T.I.
An emotional Tamar Braxton picked up two awards for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award and later performed a medley including “Love and War,” “The One,” and “All the Way Home.”
Best New Artist winner K. Michelle delivered a very special performance of “Can’t Raise a Man” and “V.S.O.P.,” while Wale teamed up with Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams for a mash-up of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and “LoveHate Thing.”
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Keith Sweat brought down the house with a medley of his greatest hits including “Make It Last Forever,” for which he was joined by Faith Evans.
Dionne Warwick was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded salute from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle, Gladys Knight, and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover.
Slick Rick, Warren G, Dougie E. Fresh, and Big Daddy Kane brought back memories with an old school hip-hop medley, while the “Blue-Eyed Soul” set starred Jon B., Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, and Vanilla Ice, who had the crowd in its feet with “Ice Ice Baby.”
Other big winners included Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year), Janelle Monáe (Video of the Year for “Q.U.E.E.N.”), Robin Thicke (Song of the Year for “Blurred Lines”), and Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for “Never Should Have”).
From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Hot 97, Jennifer Hudson stopped by “The Angie Martinez Show” on Wednesday. The Oscar winner, who received her very own star last week, dished on her Weight Watchers diet and her role in the Christmas film Black Nativity (She also recorded a hip-hop version of “Silent Night” with Nas for the soundtrack).
The “I Can’t Describe” singer has been in the studio with super-producers Pharrell and Timbaland for her upcoming album, which will be “extremely different” from her past music.
Plus, find out what she had to say about the marriage rumors and her fiancé David Otunga’s Twitter beef with Wale.
From “American Idol” to the Walk of Fame, Jennifer Hudson has cemented her status in Hollywood history. The Oscar winner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. She was joined by her family including her husband David Otunga, their four-year-old son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., and sister Julia.
Her musical mentor Clive Davis and songwriter Diane Warren were on hand to honor the 32-year-old singer, as well as her Black Nativity collaborators Jacob Latimore and Raphael Saadiq.
She fought back tears as she spoke to the crowd. “I knew I would get emotional, and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like, ‘Jenny, stop crying,’ but now is the time to cry mama,” said J-Hud. “It’s an amazing honor as we all know, and I did not see it coming.”
The gracious Hudson was humbled by the moment. “It’s one thing to be in this type of position, but it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t make a difference in the world and help someone,” she continued. “Everytime we go out, we make sure we treat everyone like family. So with that being said, I’m so honored that all my family is here with me today.”
She stars in Black Nativity, which opens in theaters on Nov. 27. Just this week, she released a lyric video for her T.I.-assisted single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” with her album to follow in early 2014.
BET celebrated beautiful, powerful, and talented women during its annual “Black Girls Rock!” special, which aired on Sunday night. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded evening featured musical tributes from R&B’s leading ladies including Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, and Janelle Monáe.
Janelle kicked things off with a high-energy performance of “Electric Lady” followed by Jennifer Hudson, who performed her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” for the first time.
Following an introduction from her fellow Destiny’s Child diva Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland teamed up with Eve and Sevyn Streeter for a remix to her Talk a Good Game single “Gone.” She danced her way into the venue as Eve rapped from the balcony and Sevyn dueted with her on the ladies’ anthem.
Mariah Carey honored her godmother Patti LaBelle with the Living Legend Award, while Jennifer Hudson bestowed praise on Queen Latifah while presenting her with the Rock Star Award.
See these soulful salutes plus performances from Patti, Ledisi, and Amber Riley below.