Academy Award winner and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson took home top honors last night during the NAACP Image Awards for her self-titled CD, winning new artist, outstanding collaboration and best album.
Throughout the night she received several standing ovations, one at the beginning of the show when she won Outstanding New Artist, and a second time when she sang a tribute to former heavy weight champion boxer Muhammad Ali, recipient of the NAACP President's Award.
Hudson's had a high profile since her return to the public stage after being in seclusion for three months mourning the deaths of her mother, brother and nephew. Her estranged brother-in-law has been charged in their murders.
Hudson, 27, has made an extraordinary return this month, having sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, won a Grammy last weekend for her self-titled CD, performed at the Grammys and several related parties honoring music exec Clive Davis and artist Neil Diamond, and released this week a video - "If This Isn't Love'' - from her project.
Many of her performances this month have had a gospel tone, giving homage to her faith and her roots in the black church.
Read more about Hudson and who else won last night at the NAACP Image Awards, here.