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Jennifer Hudson to receive humanitarian award

Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will receive the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Humanitarian," CBS announced Tuesday.

The Grammy and Oscar winner will be presented the honor during "The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards," airing at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 on CBS.

Hudson was chosen in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she formed in 2009 with her sister, Julia Hudson, in honor of their nephew, Julian King. William Balfour, Julia Hudson's ex-husband, was convicted in 2012 of the 2008 murders of Julian King as well as Hudson's mother and brother.

The foundation provides stability and positive experiences for children so they may become productive, confident and happy adults who in turn will be positive influences on their communities.

"My sister Julia and I were raised with the belief that helping others was always very important. I am so grateful that the People's Choice Awards and Walgreens have come together in the same spirit," Hudson said in a release. "This spotlight will provide us with the opportunity to share all the amazing work being done by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation for children in the city of Chicago and around the United States."

Walgreens is the official retail sponsor of "The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards" and the Favorite Humanitarian award.

From the CBS release:
An Academy Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning recording artist and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she's gone on to worldwide acclaim. This year was a huge success for Hudson's music career, most recently being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also honored with the privilege to perform the Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the Academy Awards. 2013 was also an exciting year for Hudson as an actor with the release of three films, "Winnie Mandela," "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" and her return to an on-screen musical in "Black Nativity."

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