October 12, 2012 |
When Whitney Houston died barely 24 hours before the Grammy telecast in February, the Recording Academy and show producers were faced with the delicate challenge of paying homage as she was mourned. With the one-year anniversary of her death approaching, the Grammys gave the late pop titan a final sendoff on Thursday as they taped the upcoming tribute show, the "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" at Nokia Theatre. Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who found it fitting that the show was being taped as a downpour of rain pounded the city, told the audience the show he didn't want to focus on what happened in February.
June 24, 2012 |
Jennifer Hudson is headed to"Smash. " The academy award-winning actress has booked a multi-episode arc on NBC's sophomore musical drama, the network announced, a move that may prove beneficial for both the show and its newest star. This will mark Hudson's first professional endeavor, aside from her Weight Watchers spokesmansnip, since her former brother-in-law was convicted of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. As for "Smash," massive hype around its debut led to big premiere numbers, but critical panning and waning interest helped for a sharp decline week to week.
May 11, 2012 |
William Balfour was convicted Friday of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of pop star and award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. The verdict was returned by a Chicago jury of six men and six women who began deliberations Wednesday. Balfour, Hudson's former brother-in-law, had pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 2008 slayings. The charges carry a mandatory penalty of life in prison. Prosecutors alleged that Balfour, 30, was upset that his estranged wife -- Hudson's sister, Julia -- had begun seeing another man and wanted a divorce.
April 9, 2012 |
Jury selection in the Chicago murder trial involving the family of movie star and singer Jennifer Hudson began in earnest on Monday, again raising the question of just how much celebrity influences justice. Perhaps no city is more aware than Los Angeles of how celebrity ramps up the visibility of even routine cases, let alone major judicial proceedings such as murder charges. From O.J. Simpson to Phil Spector to Michael Jackson (and, separately, his doctor); from Lindsay Lohan to Paris Hilton to Mel Gibson, the list seems endless, with new stars seemingly added almost every day. Now it's the turn of Chicago, no stranger to colorful characters and their trials, including Al Capone and the Chicago Seven.
April 24, 2012 |
When Jennifer Hudson took the stand Monday in the trial of the man charged with killing her mother, brother and nephew, she was in a well-accustomed arena: center stage. And, as the first witness for the prosecution, the Academy Award-winning actress delivered a teary, riveting performance. But Hudson was in the audience on Tuesday, and the evidentiary phase of the trial began in earnest, with Chicago police Sgt. David Dowling describing the gruesome scene when he found the bodies.
May 24, 2013 |
When I sat down with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty recently to discuss his new all-star album revisiting his Creedence Clearwater Revival songbook , we spoke about many of those collaborations for the feature story that will appear in the Sunday Arts & Books section. With more than a dozen artists participating on “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” including the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert , Tom Morello and Jennifer Hudson, there were far more stories to tell than we could cover in one article.