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Jennifer Hudson delivers emotional Super Bowl anthem

All eyes were on Jennifer Hudson Sunday night at the Super Bowl when she stepped onto a platform to sing the National Anthem, making her first public appearance since the October deaths of her mother, brother and nephew in Chicago.

After she took a deep breath, the Oscar winner looked into a sea of 72,000 football fans (with millions more watching by television) and delivered a jazzy gospel-like anthem before the Steelers and Cardinals championship game in Tampa.

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Dressed in black figure-hugging pants, a white blouse, and a frilly black jacket with gold buttons, the Grammy nominee hit every high note while motioning with her hands, head and eyes. She pumped her fist in the air as she closed the song, according to the Associated Press.

Hudson's performance, which came minutes after country artist Faith Hill and a gospel choir sang "America the Beautiful," signifies her return to the stage. She is expected to perform next Sunday during the Grammys, where she has been nominated for three awards for her self-titled debut CD.

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Read more about other Oscar winners who also sang the National Anthem at the big game in The Los Angeles Times.

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