A marching band strode across the field. Spectators anticipated a great voice, and they got it. Academy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson didn't disappoint. Her voice was thrilling. The cameras panned the players of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals as she sang, some of them mouthing the words with her, some with tears glittering. It was a special moment for everyone who watched the former American Idol contestant make history with her singing at the game. As her voice ended, the cameras showed a formation of airplanes across the sky, putting a dramatic final touch on the performance.
This Hudson Super Bowl moment was special because of the game but also because it is a comeback for a young woman who lost many of the members of her family to tragedy
. Her mother, brother and nephew were all killed in October of 2008. A heartbroken Jennifer hasn't been seen much since, so this day was unique for her. The emotion in her voice likely reflected part of her feelings about what happened and her knowledge of the status of the Super Bowl, as the Star Spangled Banner was no more beautifully sang than by Hudson today.
In February 2007 Jennifer Hudson won the Academy Award for her role as a supporting actress in the film Dreamgirls. She had been a seventh place winner among American Idol contestants.
At the time Hudson won the Academy Award
she said, "Oh my god... I just have to take this moment in, I can not believe this -- look what god can do." Those were likely her feelings today as her face and her voice reflected what she likely knew was a very special moment, an unbelievable one for this young woman who suffered such tragedy and has come back full force in a wonderful way.