*Jennifer Hudson has come a l-o-n-g way since that television talent show brought her to our attention and she’s showing no signs of slowing down!
“As a girl I’d sit in my momma’s house and sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ That’s why [singing in tribute] was so overwhelming,” said Hudson. “I’m just grateful I got to meet Whitney. She came backstage and was like ‘I turn my torch over to you; you are The One.’ I was like ‘Oh my God! Did anybody else hear that?’ Had she not given me her blessing, I would have never stepped on that stage.”
Admitting to the enormous pressure to perform, Hudson says people often forget that getting to the spotlight is one challenge, but maintaining a career is even more difficult.
“What I feel about people you never hear from again is that they get too caught up in the hype,” explained the Grammy winner. “They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, but it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”