Jennifer Hudson receives Walk of Fame star

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

In a tear-filled ceremony, the multi-talented star saw her star unveiled at 6262 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the W Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday.

"I knew I would get emotional. I'm sure my mama is in heaven saying, 'Jenny stop crying.' But now is the time to cry mama," Hudson said."I'm so honored to be here with so many that I love, and I feel as though we're all family."

Later this month, Hudson returns to the big screen in the film "Black Nativity." It will be her first musical since her Oscar-winning performance in her film debut in "Dreamgirls" in 2006.

Hudson rocketed to fame on "American Idol" in 2004, although she finished in seventh place.

She won a best rhythm and blues album Grammy in 2009 for her self-titled debut album. Her second album, "I Remember Me," was released in March 2011 and was certified as gold by the trade organization the Recording Industry Association of America.

Hudson's other film credits include "Sex and the City: The Movie," "The Secret Life of Bees," "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" and "Winnie Mandela."

City News Service contributed to this report.

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