Showing posts with label jennifer hudson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jennifer hudson. Show all posts

Sunday 2 July 2017

[Proof] Jennifer Hudson doesn't SHOUT (or Warm-up) when singing.

Post by: Diva Devotee
Some of y'all wanna clown Jennifer Hudson, calling her "Foghorn" and "loud".

Adjectives I can kind of get, if I try really hard. What I can't be dealing with, is people saying she shouts when she's hitting notes your faves could only dream of.

There is a clear difference between shouting and singing. One takes control, coordination and skill, the other is an unfocused and chaotic push to create sound. If you can't tell the difference, watch as the Pocketbook singer schools a Voice contestant on the difference between the two all while offering helpful tips on staying on pitch.

Monday 27 June 2016

[Watch] Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Tori Kelly Tribute Prince @ BET Awards 2016

janelle monae jennifer hudson tori kelly bet awards
Totally forgot about Erykah when making the image...mybad

After the hastily put together Madonna Prince tribute at the Billboard Awards was savaged by critics and fans alike, BET sent out this shady message. With guns so publicly drawn, the BET Awards 2016 had to deliver. So who'd they call on to help bring their rebuttal tribute to life? Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tori Kelly and Erykah Badu that's who! There were also some dudes about, too....

Friday 8 April 2016

[Watch] Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and LaToya London Join Forces For American Idol Performance

American Idol has finally bowed out, finding its last winner in some dude- I haven't been watching, didn't cha know. Peppered throughout this final season, prior contestants have reappeared to pay tribute to the show that launched their respective careers.

Two of its biggest success stories, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, were part of the mix last night.

Monday 30 March 2015

[Watch] Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor Perform @ iHeart Music Awards

I don't really wanna watch these performances, but you guys might enjoy them so I thought I'd post anyway. From looking at the video still, though, I will say this: Christina Aguilera may not have a monopoly on the sailor look, but even still, Meghan:

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson Join Forces On Sia's "Titanium"

Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson are two Divas I'vr never thought of sharing a stage together. No reason why, it's just not a pairing that has ever come to my (obviously) unimaginative mind. But that's just what happened At The Concert For Valor, where the two vocal powerhouses duetted on the Sia/David Guetta anthem, Titanium.

But was this a harmonious pairing that successfully demonstrated how two equally talented singers can share one stage? Or did it quickly descend into a cacophony of out of control melisma and crazy belting that shook the very foundations of the National Mall in Washington, D.C? 

Watch and find out! 

Monday 14 April 2014

Jennifer Hudson Unites With Timbaland For "Walk It Out"

Jennifer Hudson gave us a throwback to the Disco era with the infectious I Can't Describe. And it sounds like she's not quite done looking to the past for inspiration if new song Walk It Out is any indication.

This time the Diva is giving us 90's Rnb with a hard Timbo beat reminiscent of those he was serving up when he first started out with Aaliyah and Ginuwine. The vocal and melody aren't immediately catchy though, but I feel that's nothing a few listens won't remedy.

Do the spicy lyrics, swears and sort-of rapping indicate a change is coming for the Diva's next album? Only time, or someone better informed than me, will tell!

Tuesday 25 February 2014

J Hud Honors Aretha Franklin (AGAIN) @ 2014 BET Honors

I feel like I've seen Jeniffer Hudson perform more of Aretha Franklin's material than I have her own. Still, she's one of a few Divas who has the requisite pipes to do the material justice.

The BET Honors saw the Diva cover a medley of Aretha's hits. Obvious inclusions were Rock Steady, Think and Respect, but there were some lessor known songs like Sparkle's Look Into Your Heart, too. (And that's where the video kept breaking for me, so I can't really add any more!)

Though the Diva struggled on some of the lower notes (from what I saw), there were no such problems at the top of the range- girl was WAILING!

This was another fitting tribute to the Queen of Soul. And that's lucky too, because Aretha ain't afraid of shading anyone!

Monday 2 December 2013

Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan and Evelyn “Champagne” King Rock 2013 Soul Train Awards

Soul Train Awards time! Opening the star-studded show was a medley of songs brought to us courtesy of Divas Jennifer Hudson, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Chaka Khan.

Built around Hudson's own disco-inspired track, I can't Describe (The Way I Feel), the medley saw Elveyn and Chaka's songs (I’m in Love and Do What You Feel ) worked into the arrangement, giving the impression of it being one seamless composition. It did seem an odd choice to have Hudson's less known song being the linchpin of the performance- especially considering the iconic tracks the veterans on stage have in their catalouge- but I enjoyed it none the less!

Wednesday 13 November 2013

[Spam Post] Live Performances From Black Girls Rock, The EMAs and The X-Factor

There has been a whole host of live events that I haven't managed to cover on the blog- most notably Black Girls Rock and the European Music Awards. I did consider just letting the events float by, undocumented, but decided you guys deserve more! So here goes!

Friday 17 May 2013

[Watch] Jennifer Hudson (featuring Candice Glover) Perform "Inseparable" @ American Idol /Shade

So yeah, the duet with Candice Glover and Jennifer Hudson was good, but did anyone else get the feeling that Hudson was singing over Candice? Of course there were parts where the voices were meant to overlap and harmonise, but there were also sections (2.05) were it looked like Hudson should have been controlling herself, but couldn't resist getting in on the vocal. Also, the way she cut off Candice's note at 1.22 of the video was just damn disrespectful- and that's just when Randy and Mariah were really getting into it.

Sunday 15 July 2012

Jennifer Hudson Performs Whitney Houston/ Michael Jackson Medley

It's sad that Jennifer Hudson is getting more column inches for her astonishing weight loss than that astonishing voice, of late. But here at Divadevotee, we are still checking for the singer, and found this clip of the star performing at 2012 Taste of Chicago festival.

I'm really glad that this tribute to Whitney Houston was kept light and celebratory, with the inclusion of some of her best up-tempo numbers. Up till now, most of the tributes have been pretty sombre (which is understandable considering it wasn't long ago we lost Whitney), but I've always preferred to celebrate a life lived, than mourn its passing.

Friday 22 June 2012

Duelling Divas: " I Will Always Love You"

This is what happens when us normal, regular folk try to tackle the Whitney Houston version of I Will Always Love You:

Though the critically acclaimed song was written and released by Dolly Parton in 1973, it wasn't until Whitney Houston covered the song two decades later that it really took on the iconic status it now enjoys. In fact Houston's rendition was such a worldwide phenomenon, and so different from the original, that many didn't realise it was a cover or a Country song.

Thursday 1 March 2012

Reveiw: Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo ‘Think Like A Man’ [featuring Rick Ross]

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Jennifer Hudson is back, looking amazing and rocking a little choreography, in new video Think Like A Man. It's a mid-tempo affair that she is joined on by singer Ne-Yo and rapper Rick Ross, and is lifted from the soundtrack of a movie that shares the same name.

This definitely brings back memories of 90's R'n'B. I love the way the song builds, starting with a looped chant rolling over some sprightly chords. The beat then kicks in and Jennifer Hudson's consistent delivery brings the empowering lyrics to life with gusto and belief. From there the song's featured co-stars and the middle eight keep it chugging along nicely.

Monday 13 February 2012

Watch: Jeniffer Hudson's Tribute To Whitney Houston At The 2012 Grammy Awards

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With the loss of one of the music industry's brightest talents only two days before the 2012 Grammy Awards, it was obvious that Whitney Houston would be at the forefront of everyone's mind during the ceremony.

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Duelling Divas: "O Holy Night". Which Diva Sang It Best

What better way to celebrate this festive and cosy time of year then by pitting Diva against Diva in a deadly O Holy Night Sing off! Okay, so this isn't a new thing, having done the same thing last year with Silent Night, and it isn't that deadly really, but its still fun for me to do! Besides this year's post features the added bonuses of my comments about the versions, as well as- more importantly- the chance for you to express your opinion via the poll at the bottom!

Some fun facts about the Christmas carol, courtesy of Wikipedia of course, before we begin. O Holy Night was written by French Poet Placide Cappeau and was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847! The words to the carol have been changed somewhat since then, and for anyone wanting to sing along as they listen, they are as follows;

Monday 22 August 2011

Sound alike: David Guetta feat Jennifer Hudson "Night of my Life" and Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)"

Club track producer of the moment David Guetta isn't the most original guy in the world. In fact you can often quite easily identify what classic he's pillaged to create a particular song. Usually, I'm willing to ignore these indiscretions because of the sole, shallow fact that his songs are catchy and make me want to dance like a fool. With this in mind you can imagine my excitement when I heard he'd teamed up with Ms Power-Pipes herself, Jennifer Hudson, on song called Night of your life.

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Duelling Divas: "Over the Rainbow" Which Diva sang it best?

It's hard to believe that Over the Rainbow, the song that came to be the signature tune for the classic musical that was the Wizard of Oz, was almost omitted from the film after the chief executive at MGM and the film producer felt that it "slowed down the picture". Luckily the song was reinstated and went on to win the hearts of audiences from the moment it was released, eventually being voted the song of the 20th Century.

Judy Garland, at the age of 16, was the original vocalist of Over the Rainbow. Her sweet, rounded, thick contralto voice, with its perfect phrasing and strict adherence to the melody gave the world a master class in effective singing, belying her youthful years. Until this day her rendition has never been matched for its purity or ability to communicate the innocent, almost naive, sentiments of desire and hope the lyrics speak on.

Friday 18 February 2011

Review: Jennifer Hudson "Where you at"

Whoever choose Where you at as the lead single for Jenfier Hudson's new album needs a good slap and a telling off. A lead single should be something that shouts "Hey people, I'm back" and hits the floor running to create buzz and interest. Instead, Where you at ambles along like an album cut that is forgotten as soon as it finishes.

Monday 14 February 2011

Review : Aretha Franklin 2011 Grammy tribute- Christina Aguilera the superstar vocalist is REBORN

Aretha Franklin tribute singers: Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson,
Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams

The most exciting performance, and the one I was looking most forward to, of the 2011 Grammy Awards was the Aretha Franklin tribute. Divas in training, well in comparison to Ms Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch all come together on one stage to honour the Queen of Soul by performing some her classic hits.

Friday 5 November 2010

One of the most emotional performances ever: Jennifer Hudson "You pulled me through" Grammys

What made this performance even more poignant was that Jennifer Hudson performed this Just 4 months after her mother, brother, and nephew  were murdered. Watch as the emotions clearly get too much for her at the end and her composure cracks. Stellar performance.