Video: Jennifer Hudson Performs ‘Hallelujah’

Published: Tuesday 24th May 2011 by Sam

Jennifer Hudson sure is collecting air-miles, as she treks the globe in support of her ‘I Remember Me’ LP. The power-house vocalist is currently in Australia, where she hosted a special Ustream for fans last night.

On the broadcast, Hudson and her backing singers launched into an impromptu rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ (which was recently popularised by Alexandra Burke).

Listen to Jennifer soar in this stirring showing (the vocal of which is also refreshingly refined)…

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  1. Joelle May 24, 2011

    Amazing voice… she will go down as one of the greats one day!

  2. james May 24, 2011

    now that is singing…take note beyonce ….if she could sing like this…she might become the legend she is desperately trying to be

  3. nice_girl May 24, 2011

    @James: Beyonce can sing, she just sings in a different style to Jennifer Hudson. Have u seen Beyonce on Oprah singing Listen? She just also chooses to do dance songs as well though. Why do people always compare artists. They are all different and good in their own way. I’m also going to add that Jennifer Hudson is a great artist and hope she makes it big.

  4. Kelly May 24, 2011

    Best vocalist. Since Whitney! Anit nobody f****** with Jhud

  5. james May 24, 2011

    @nice_girl..i agree the beyonce oprah performance was really good…..it IS her best performance….not what i saw at the billboard awards……but with that said….that was beyonce pushing her vocals to the limits….there lacks depth and sincerity in her singing….nuance and something that defines her uniquely from any other singer

  6. Kelly May 24, 2011

    @James U know Beyonce R no artist out right now is f***** with Jennifer vocals. True she may not have the correct music, but this b**** is going to be legendary ..The only female that have ever came close to Jhud in history is Whitney, even Whitney herself stated tha Jhud is 1 of the best vocalist she heard in her lifetime, now WHAT!!

  7. nice_girl May 24, 2011

    @James yeah the new song choice isn’t the best like a few others along the way (single ladies, diva) but she does sing a lot of soulful songs. Have u seen her sing Halo on the World Tour?…that is coming from the heart so is Flaws and All. She does push her vocals, yes, but that is to make a great performance. Though not denying Jennifer Hudson is a great artist….I think she just needs to do more promoting or something. Oh and her son is so cute…he was on Ellen and The View….star in the making.

  8. joim May 24, 2011

    As an “entertainer” Beyonce > Jennifer
    As a VOCALIST, Jennifer >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beyonce

    Definitely one of the best vocalists since Whitney The Voice Houston

  9. Kelly May 24, 2011

    @JoIM but a vocalist is a entertainer! Just becuz dance is not involved doesn’t mean its not entertainment! F*** it…Jhud entertain better them Beyonce on vocals alone.

  10. KD May 24, 2011

    @ JAMES: reading is fundamental…this post if about Jennifer Hudson. I hate how people say that Beyonce stans are pressed when the haters ala JAMES et. al. are so rabid that they feel the need to drag Bey’s name through the mud in every female post on TGJ. Grow the fcuk up James, PERRYLICIOUS and all the rabid haters that have turned hating into a profession.

    As for the performance…Alexander Burke’s version was just phenomenal to me, so this pales in comparison. She has a big powerful voice though.

  11. K May 24, 2011

    @Kelly

    I totally disagree, as an entrainer Beyonce >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jennifer. Beyonce will give you a f****** show, from the dancing, the energy, the commitment AND maintain a high level of vocals, whereas Jennifer will stand there and sing while screaming at you occasionally. Put it this way, if she was required to Beyonce could just stand there and sing like Jennifer, but Jennifer wouldn’t be able to run around the stage and dance her b*** off.

  12. aisha May 24, 2011

    very strong voice. nice.

  13. nice_girl May 24, 2011

    @K: I kinda agree with the screaming part. She needs to do less of that..it gets irritating sometimes, though she’s still a great singer. And B, well she’s phenomenal….hate Run The World song but love it live…I think that’s why the song is now at #14 on Itunes and rising, people liked it live so went and bought it. But Jennifer is a really great artist…they’re not better than each other. They both have great but very different vocals and great energy.

  14. norma May 24, 2011

    This lady here is just plan awesome! I love her warm spirit and very kind heart. Jennifer Hudson is most authentic through and through. Love Jhud!!!

  15. yooummaddd May 24, 2011

    NOBODY and I mean NOBODY is f****** with JHUD vocally, bish is baddd !! get it

  16. Roshand R May 24, 2011

    that voice Jhud got is something serious…whoo!!…
    …my girl & I going on vacation…air line gave away $1000 Gift card for anywhere in world..just for giving them our emails..lol..im puttin the fam on it.. http://ow.ly/4Zwbm

  17. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ May 24, 2011

    Oh LORD! I can’t with these ignorant souls who don’t know ANYTHING about vocal ability. Yes, Jennifer is a good singer, but OVERRATED as hell.

    Good rendition of the song, though.

  18. yooummaddd May 24, 2011

    @ amazing lee , it’s called an opinion. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean anything lol, so you can sit down and shut the f*** up lol

  19. yooummaddd May 24, 2011

    I meant like her voice, you coming on here talking like your opinion means something lol, gtfoh.

  20. WhatEver May 24, 2011

    Jhud is the truth, she is already Legendary, That voice is the business, she will be around, when Ur faves can’t get a itune hit, she just will be slaying from afar, rather on Itunes or not. Jhud is going to be here for a while.

  21. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout May 24, 2011

    @WHATEVER- LMAO!!! Jhud cant get an itune hit either!!! And she is slaying wat exactly???? Definetly not her album sales- with allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll dis promo she should be gold right now, but SHES NOT!!!!!

  22. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ May 24, 2011

    @YOOUUUUUUUUU MAAAADDDDD (obviously you are)

    LOL, nice try, but if you’re referring to which voice you prefer, then yes that is an opinion. HOWEVER, if you’re referring to vocal ability or who has the better voice, then that’s NOT opinion, asshole. Like I said, I can’t and I won’t with dummies who don’t know about vocal ability.

    And just because you DO like it, doesn’t mean anything either. My opinion obviously DOES mean something considering you responded to me PERSONALLY, when I didn’t even address you or anyone else specifically, LOL! LOVE IT!

    Therfore, YOU can get the f*** outta here, and sit the f*** DOWN right here _/

    Poor you, now you have to try again. 🙁

  23. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout May 24, 2011

    She should go do #GOSPEL bcuz her voice doesnt really fit r&b. If u like over singing and yelling will then Jhud is da 1 for you………. oh and by da way Jhud is not legendary!!!!! She does have a voice but she is mostly known for her weight lost now!!!! #TRUTHhurts

  24. THE BADDEST May 24, 2011

    SHE NEED TO SING HER OWN SONGS WHY SHE KEEP SINGING OTHER PEOPLES SONGS????????????

  25. “4” June 28th. U ready? May 24, 2011

    I live for ppl like her singing songs like that!! Goosebumps
    Speechless!

  26. Madonnalover May 24, 2011

    Did someone on this post really call jhud overrated??? What the f*** are you smoking? If anything jhud is underrated!!!! This perfromance brung me to tears! Jhud does NOT just screan!! She has excellent versatility. This right here proved that. To me, she is miles better than beyonce in the vocal department. Some may call her boring, but I dont care. She can sinh like this to me and ill never get bored. People on this post really baffle me!!!

  27. MIMI IM FIRST May 24, 2011

    All this praise for J-Hud…..and callling her vocals better than Beyonce…..what else is new. This is why she’s not crossing over. She has folks in her ear telling her how good she is, how better she is to Beyonce, how she’s slaying….bla blah blah! These same folks are not even buying her album. So at the end of the day, what does she want to be known for? The best vocalist who can’t pay her bills, cos records not selling? She better wise up….and tone that vocals down, and attract a wider audience that will actually buy her damn songs. Then maybe y’all can compare her to other artist with the slaying BS. LIke someone already said she’s more known for losing weight than her voice. What will happen if she gains the weight back? Are all these executives making money from her going to stand by her side….will they say – well her vocals are powerful…..,,,.or they’ll move on to the NEXT fat b**** losing weight? JHud, you better wise up and acquaint yourself with hit-makers. Cos what’s the use of having all this voice…..when everyone (not the small group of die hard fans) but EVERYONE Won’t/Can’t listen to it?

  28. MH May 24, 2011

    Some people have truly been brainwashed by some of the non-soulful mess that is on the radio. This was nothing short of exceptional. I don’t believe in oversinging and vocal coaching…just sing! People who need vocal coaching typically can’t sing in the first place, many people like Fantasia, Jhud, and Christina were taught just to sing. Singing to me is about feeling and once you feel it then the rest is history and it’s obvious Jennifer felt it. That was beautiful.

  29. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ May 24, 2011

    @MadonnaLover

    Uh YES I did call JHud OVERRATED! No need for the subliminal mention.

    And YES she is overrated vocally. She is just LOUD and lacks control. Versatile? Girl, Please. Do you know the definition of versatile? Can she do a pop record? Can she do an uptempo record? Could she sing over a hip hop beat without it sounding like a DJ mix? Could she do a jazz record? Could she do a funk record? Could she do a rock record? NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, and NO! The only thing she could do is Gospel or R&B. And even R&B is questionable because she can barely do an R&B record without it sounding like a Gospel rendition.

  30. Kelly May 25, 2011

    @QueenBey Jhud don’t live for Itunes hits, her voice is just that the voice, rather she is doing movies, concerts she will be around! She don’t live off if shaking. Her ass for a pop hit, that’s not even poping! Like what sane b**** would actually open there mouth to sing “Girls run the world” , such a garbage ass song with f***** up disgusting lyrics! Beyonce will be embarrassed 1 day that she song it! Just f****** ridiculous!

  31. MAHOGANY May 25, 2011

    B**** NEED HIGHER RECORD SALES. SHE DOESNT EVEN HAVE 250K SOUNDSCAN AFTER WHAT, 9 WEEKS ALREADY. THAT SUCKS. KEEP THAT UP AND SHE WONT HAVE ANY NEW ALBUMS WHEN THE LABEL DROPS HER ASS. SO MUCH FOR BEING A “LEGEND”. IN HER OWN MIND, MAYBE… NEXT.

  32. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare May 25, 2011

    @ KD, “Grow the fcuk up James, PERRYLICIOUS and all the rabid haters that have turned hating into a profession.”

    PREACH!!!!!! There should be ads on monster.com for professional haters.

    Piano. Sit. Sing. Slay. That’s an artist.

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