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Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Eve, & Sevyn Streeter Perform at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Sevyn Streeter and Kelly Rowland

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.

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Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, & Jennifer Hudson Honor Women at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Mariah Carey and Patti LaBelle

It was ladies’ night as BET taped its “Black Girls Rock!” special at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded evening celebrated the positive images of women of color.

This year’s performers included Janelle Monáe, Patti LaBelle, Ledisi, Alice Smith, and Kelly Rowland, who was joined by Sevyn Streeter and Eve on a remix to her latest single “Gone.”

“@kellyrowland def the big sis I never had! She murdered BGR tonight!” tweeted Sevyn, who penned “Gone.”

Jennifer Hudson debuted a new short ‘do while performing her Pharrell-produced single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).”

Mariah Carey, who recently recovered from a painful injury, ditched her sling and bared her midriff while presenting her godmother Patti LaBelle with the Living Legend Award.

See all these moments and more when “Black Girls Rock!” airs on Sunday, November 3, at 7 p.m.

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Jennifer Hudson Opens Up on ‘Chelsea Lately’

Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson opened up in more ways than one during her first appearance on “Chelsea Lately.” Upon sitting down on the couch, her skirt bust open and Chelsea scrambled to zip her back up.

Once she was in place, the sober star, who’s never had a drink in her life, spoke about playing a heroin addict in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which opens in theaters today.

In researching her role, she met with an actual drug addict. “She told me when you are high, she told me it was like an orgasm. I was like, I can do that part. I can fake that,” laughed J. Hud.

The Oscar winner even fooled the director, who thought she was acting when she was really sleeping in one scene.

The ladies bonded over their love for Pharrell, who produced Jennifer’s new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I.

See J. Hud chat with Chelsea in the full interview below.

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New Music: Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – ‘I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)’

Jennifer Hudson and T.I.

Jennifer Hudson puts on her dancing shoes and spreads some feel-good vibes with “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).” The Grammy and Oscar-winning star enlists T.I. for the tingling disco-inspired number, produced by Pharrell.

“I just can’t put in words what I feel for you/ It feels so good it hurts,” sings J-Hud, while Tip caters to his lady on his verse.

In addition to Pharrell, J-Hud has been working on her third album with producers including Timbaland, Salaam Remi, and RedOne. “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style,” RedOne told Rap-Up TV of the follow-up to 2011′s I Remember Me.

Hit the dance floor with J-Hud.

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New Music: Jennifer Hudson – ‘Bleed for Love’

Winnie Mandela

Not only does Jennifer Hudson star as Winnie Mandela in the upcoming biopic, she also lends her powerful voice to the soundtrack. The Oscar winner pours her heart out on “Bleed for Love” featuring South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir. The big ballad was written by Diane Warren and produced by Harvey Mason Jr., Laurent Eyquem, and David Franco.

“‘Bleed for Love’ has such an incredible and meaningful message about the power of love and the extension of the human heart,” said Hudson. “Diane wrote a beautiful song and it was an honor to work with her and the rest of the team to create this powerful piece of music.”

The Winnie Mandela soundtrack is available now, while the film hits theaters on Sept. 6.

Listen to J-Hud deliver chills with her stirring song.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform with Jennifer Hudson at VMAs

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis capped off a banner year by adding two KAWS Moonmen to their mantle. The Seattle duo won for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video with a Social Message and performed their single “Same Love” with Mary Lambert. Jennifer Hudson also made a surprise appearance, dueting with them on the powerful tune about same-sex marriage.

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J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson Perform ‘Crooked Smile’ at VH1’s Do Something! Awards

J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson

J. Cole and J. Hud joined forces to perform his single “Crooked Smile” at VH1’s 2013 Do Something! Awards last month in Hollywood. The Roc Nation rapper stripped down the inspirational song, while the Oscar winner filled in for TLC on the soulful hook.

Cole sampled Jennifer’s 2011 song “No One Gonna Love You” on the Born Sinner track.

“Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J. Hud, who was recognized for her Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in honor of her late nephew.

Watch them come together for the special performance.

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