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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Grammys 2009 "You Pulled Me Through" by Jennifer Hudson

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 Easter morning today was a little unusual. Where most people would normally be found in church or at mass or at an easter egg hunt, I found myself this easter morning staring at my blogsite feeling like something is missing. Now don't worry, I'm not going to be alone for easter. I've been invited to easter dinner at someones house tonight so it is all good.

But back to my blogsite and the thing that was missing. Mainly it was in the area of the playlist. I know it is a good playlist but how can I make it even better?  And I did end up making some nice additions to it from artists like Whitney Houston and the song "Seasons of Love" from rent. But even after adding those on, I felt there was still something missing. Then my brain clicked in at that very moment and one name came to mind......Jennifer Hudson.

After scrounging around, I found two of the most powerful songs she has ever done and will be remembered for. The first was "I'm Telling You" from the movie "Dreamgirls".  That was such a powerful number in the movie that I've put it as the last song on the playlist.  It's totally unforgettable and it's initially what put Jennifer Hudson's name on the map as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

The second performance that marked her career was "You Pulled Me Through" at the 2009 Grammys. This was one of the first few appearances she was beginning to make after the tragic murders of her mother, brother and nephew.  Some of you may recall that it was all over the news last year, just when she was coming into the height of her career. Jennifer Hudson had to deal with the media, cancel plans for music video shoots that had been scheduled, go into seclusion and even while she was in seclusion, she was faced with the horrific task at one point of having to identify the bodies at the morgue.

For months during her seclusion, the world speculated if this was the end of her career and if she would be able to ever pick up the pieces of her life. And against the cynicism and the predictions of the media, Jennifer began to bounce back slowly, starting with an appearance at the Superbowl last year to sing "Star Spangled Banner".  And then she stunned the world with a performance that would go down in Grammy history with "You Pulled Me Through". I remember seeing that performance during the live grammy telecast along with millions of other people. And together, the world watched as Jennifer Hudson took the tragedy that marred her life and from it she create a performance that would mark her career.

 "I would like to thank my family in heaven and those that are here today"
  - Jennifer Hudson upon winning her first grammy in the R & B category

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