Jennifer Hudson was a big winner at Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards as she was honored with the Humanitarian Award. Although it was previously reported that Hudson would be recognized at the ceremony, her reaction to receiving an award easily warmed the heart.
Hudson was in tears as a video was presented, which showcased her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. She started the organization with her sister, Julia Hudson, in honor of their late nephew Julian King.
Hudson brought her sister on stage and delivered an impassioned speech paying homage to her late family members.
“I want to start by saying what I said when I won an Oscar: Look what God can do,” the actress and recording artist said.
“My mother always taught us that without family you have nothing,” Hudson said. “Whether you know it or not, we all are family. What happens to the other happens to us. It’s one thing to be a celebrity and have power, but it means nothing if we’re not making a difference and helping someone else.
“That’s what we want to instill in our children, if we can do it, you can do it, too,” she continued. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity and have so much of what we have, but it’s means nothing if we’re not making a difference.”
Before ending her speech, Hudson wanted to send a dedication to her late mother. “We want to dedicate this to our mother because she said without family you are nothing,” Hudson explained.
The Julian D. King Gift Foundation’s mission is to find ways to provide a stable and positive environment and make experiences for kids so that they can grow to become confident and happy adults and spread that positivity to their communities.