Jennifer Hudson to sing at White House state dinner

jennifer hudsonThe Oscar-winner is scheduled to return to Washington.

Soul singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the White House state dinner Tuesday evening, according to a representative at the singer's label, Arista Records.

Amid the glitz and glamour, the 28-year-old Chicago native should feel right at home. Hudson first rose to fame as a contestant on the 2004 season of "American Idol" and went on to star in the 2006 film "Dreamgirls," snagging an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the process.

The state dinner appearance will be Hudson's first in Washington since a powerhouse performance at Constitution Hall in April. And it won't be the entertainer's first time singing in front of the Obamas. She belted out the the national anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

By David Malitz |  November 23, 2009; 6:56 PM ET Politics
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