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Transformation Tuesday: Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson‘s new album JHUD is out today! And in celebration of her newest release, we thought we’d take a look back at her transformation from budding singer on American Idol to glamorous Oscar winner and sleek R&B diva. We all fell in love with Jennifer during her time on Idol, when her style was all cute girly dresses. And while she didn’t break the Top Five during her season, she ended up scooping up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar just a few years later, wearing a gorgeous gold gown to match her new status in life.

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Get On Up: Jennifer Hudson, Questlove + More Of Your Favorites Discuss James Brown’s Impact

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The long-awaited James Brown biopic Get On Up explores the late Godfather of Soul’s legacy that continues to influence hip-hop, R&B, funk, and nearly every other musical genre to this day. The great JB changed the game over the course of his half-century career, and artists still strive to emulate his passionate live performances, howling vocals, and impossibly high levels of swagger. Some of those artists — including Jennifer Hudson — chatted with us about Mr. Brown’s untouchable body of work that was all his own. He truly was the hardest working man in all of show biz!

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J Hud Hangs On A Yacht, Ed Sheeran Loves A Good Jagerbomb + The Philly 4th Of July Jam Crew Parties Like Rockstars

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The greatest Independence Day party is of course the Philly 4th Of July Jam. But when these artists aren’t putting on a fantastic show, they like to celebrate in their own way. And as you would imagine, they go hard. We had exclusive interviews with members of the line up as they told us what their July 4th celebrations typically entail (hint: red, white, blue and awesomeness).

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Red Carpet Sizzle: The Skimpiest Outfits At The 2014 BET Honors

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It was pretty cold over the weekend, but the dress Mariah Carey wore to the 2014 BET Honors helped heat things up! The diva performed a sizzling number perched on top of a grand piano, decked out in a plunging barely-there gown that seemed dangerously close to a “wardrobe malfunction” at all times. It wouldn’t be her first onstage flash, but Mimi managed to perform the song and look ridiculously stunning all at once. What a pro!

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Watch Your Mouth! The 10 Biggest Lip Syncing Scandals In Music History

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It’s a lot of pressure for an artist to deliver pitch perfect vocal performances for big budget live broadcasts. There’s a lot that can go wrong, so it makes sense that they’d want to hedge their bets with a pre-recorded version…just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, sometimes this purely practical decision comes back to haunt them in a big way! Occasionally it becomes an amusing footnote to their career (sorry, Ashlee Simpson), while other times it completely destroys it. Read on for 10 of the biggest upsets caused by lip syncing!

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Jennifer Hudson, Nelly And More Celebs ‘Ain’t 2 Proud’ To Sing Some TLC Karaoke

After weeks of anticipation, teases and a week of T-Boz and Chilli mania, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story finally premieres tonight at 9/8C! And it looks like we’re not the only ones excited. Some of TLC‘s real-life celeb pals have been sharing their favorite songs from the trio for weeks. Jennifer Hudson, Nelly, Lil Mama and the rest of the movie cast couldn’t help but get straight up karaoke with it when we asked. Read more…