Jennifer Hudson to Sing “America The Beautiful” With Sandy Hook Choir at Super Bowl

Jennifer Hudson announced on twitter that she will be singing “America The Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus at the Super Bowl on Sunday!

The Oscar winner and season 7 American Idol alum will join Beyonce, who will perform at halftime and Alicia Keyes set to sing the National Anthem during the football championship.

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  • pj

    Jennifer is the perfect choice. She knows about tragedy. I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  • Tinawina

    True, but at the same time it’s a little odd to be the go-to tragedy girl. Having a big televised event? Need someone to commemorate something maudlin with song? Call Jennifer Hudson! Yikes.

    That said I love her voice and she always does a flawless job, so I’ll watch enthusiastically. :) 

  • Sassycatz

    It would be nice if the same three people weren’t called to do this stuff all the time. 

  • pj

    I didn’t think about that.  However, I didn’t know she had been called on it before.  Get your point and it is valid.  I would argue that she is not the “go-to-tragedy girl” because she has much more going on…

  • Liteasy

    Not interested in these same big divas – won’t be watching.

  • Miz

    That is going to be awesome. I saw The Children of Newtown kids sing ‘Over The Rainbow’ with Ingrid Michaelson on Good Morning America and it was just gorgeous.

    BTW, you can buy it on iTunes and the proceeds go to a charity set up for the victims.

  • jdanton2

    The Diva fest of Jennifer , Alicia and Beyonce will be the best part of the Superbowl for me. 

  • bridgette12

    No disrespect, but Jennifer is what we call in my part  of the country, as the “funeral singer”. Someone dies and she’s there. Great opportunity to be television, but really, it get’s old after a while.

  • H.A.

    More power to Jennifer. It is always great when Idols get opportunities. Three different talented singers. 

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Congratulations to Jennifer…what an honor.

  • pj

    What part of the country is that?

  • bridgette12

    I’m from Alabama. 

  • quickjessie

     Any other funeral singers in your neck of the woods with an Oscar?  Yeah, I don’t think Jennifer needs opportunities to appear on television, either.  I think she’s doing this because she was asked, it’s an honor, and she was as horrified by what happened in Newtown as any other sane human being.

  • bridgette12

    Not saying she wasn’t horrified, but if any star dies or a national tragedy happens, she’s there to sing at the event.

  • tucker davis

    Jennifer looks beautiful in that picture!

  • Miz

    Really? Can you list them. A bunch of stars seem to die almost every day.

  • justhoo1

    Having lost family members to gun violence, Jennifer Hudson is an excellent choice for this honor.  The “Dream Girls of R&B” will make the Super Bowl memorable.

  • Li Wright

    True, but at the same time it’s a little odd to be the go-to tragedy girl. Having a big televised event? Need someone to commemorate something maudlin with song? Call Jennifer Hudson! Yikes.
    ^^ How cruel of you.  She was probably ASKED to do it, I don’t think she voluntarily stepped forward.  She & Alicia & Beyonce are all good friends.  JHud just finished Alicia Keys’ movie.

  • Kariann Hart

    I think it’s wonderful as Jennifer understands the horror of violence and knows what it is like to have a child (nephew) mudered by a maniac.  She was so close to her Mom. 

    I am happy she received this honor.  I cannot think of any other singer who would “fit in” better than Jen!

  • Tinawina

    Of course she was asked! Read what I wrote. I am talking about people always thinking of her as the person to call in these situations. OBVIOUSLY it is due to her family tragedy and the big heartfelt performance at the Grammys shortly after. She has a lot of cool things going on career wise, but years later it’s like a lingering image of sadness still follows her and she serves a kind of a walking symbol of “putting on a brave face during tragedy”. It’s not her fault and it’s not a bad thing exactly, but I can’t think of anyone else that had that kind of aura for their whole career. It’s as if Corretta Scott King could sing.

  • pj

    Me too (Alabama) and have never heard that phrase. I also lived in Chicago, but was born and raised here.

  • pj

    Nothing cruel about an observation.  I see what Tinawina meant and I get her point.  Not that she needs me to defend her.  ;-)  Just saying.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Well, calling someone a tragedy girl isn’t a compliment.  Not suggesting that you were insulting Jennifer, Tinawina.  It’s just an odd phrase.

    Jennifer has a sound/style that lends itself to this kind of music.  I don’t think it has any to do with her personal tragedy.  Now THAT is borderline hurtful, because it **sorta** suggests that Jennifer is some dark angel, here only to sing tales of woe. 

    I imagine she’s chosen because 1) she can sing and 2) she has become a beacon of how to continue forward when life is its most cruel toward you.  And being that a lot of murders have taken place in Jennifer’s hometown of Chicago, I suspect this moment speaks to her.

  • mjsbigblog


    Attack fellow commenters, and you will be banned. Calm DOWN.

  • justmefornow

    Oh I’ll be watching, I love football, but certainly not to see/hear the same big divas AGAIN. 
    So sick of all three. I’m glad my mute button works just fine.