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Jennifer Hudson Remembers Kobe Bryant with NBA All-Star Game 2020 Performance (Video)

Jennifer Hudson is opening the 2020 NBA All-Star Game with a tribute to Kobe Beyant.

The 38-year-old entertainer performed “For All We Know (We May Meet Again)” ahead of the game on Sunday (February 16) in Chicago, Ill. to honor the late Lakers player, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people who died in last month’s tragic helicopter crash.

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Magic Johnson said before the game, when fans chanted Kobe’s name and held an eight-second moment of silence. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”

If you missed it, the NBA has renamed the All-Star Game MVP Award to honor Kobe.

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Jennifer Hudson Wraps Filming Aretha Franklin Biopic 'Respect'

Jennifer Hudson is done with Respect!

The 38-year-old entertainer spent the day filming the last few scenes for the Aretha Franklin biopic on Saturday (February 15) in New York City.

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Jennifer looked pretty in an all yellow outfit paired with a red scarf for her day on set.

After filming the scenes, Jennifer took to Instagram to celebrate wrapping production.

“It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done!” Jennifer wrote. “To overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream ! It was my honor, to honor the Queens request! The one and only Queen of soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie”

Jennifer recently opened up about the “massive” pressure of playing Aretha in the biopic.

Respect is scheduled to hit theaters on October 9.

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Jennifer Hudson Carries Hot Water Bag on 'Respect' Set

Jennifer Hudson holds on tight to a hot water bag to keep warm in the frigid temperatures while filming Respect in New York City on Friday (February 14).

The 38-year-old actress was seen filming in two brightly colored dresses alongside Forest Whitaker, who will play her father in the Aretha Franklin biopic.

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“I feel overwhelmed,” Jennifer recently shared with As If magazine about the responsibility taking on the role of the iconic late singer. “To take on the lifespan of the career and legacy of this iconic figure is a huge responsibility.”

She added that she’s “trying to pay as much homage to her as I possibly can.”

See what else Jennifer shared about playing Aretha in the film!

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Jennifer Hudson Films More Scenes for Aretha Franklin Biopic - See Her Transformation!

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Jennifer Hudson Is Performing Kobe Bryant Tribute - Find Out Where & When

Jennifer Hudson is paying tribute to Kobe Bryant.

The powerhouse vocalist will be performing a tribute to the late basketball icon, his daughter Gianna, and the seven friends who died in their fatal helicopter crash ahead of player introductions at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the league confirmed on Thursday (February 13).

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The game will take place at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Chaka Khan will sing the National Anthem. Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian National Anthem. Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Quavo and Taylor Bennett will perform during halftime.

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game airs on TNT on Sunday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Kobe and Gianna will also be remembered in a public memorial service later in the month – see all the latest details here.

Jennifer Hudson Talks the 'Massive' Pressure of Playing Aretha Franklin in Upcoming Biopic

Jennifer Hudson rocks a bold cat-eye on the cover of As If Magazine.

Here’s what the 38-year-old singer/actress shared with the magazine:

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On being cast as Aretha Franklin in Respect: “Wow, what can I say? I couldn’t be more humbled, intimidated and excited. It’s a blessing, but scary at the same time. I go to sleep listening to Aretha, and I wake up listening to Aretha. I just want to do her justice and do the best job I possibly can.”

On the “massive” pressure of playing Aretha: “That’s the part that makes it worrisome, it’s so massive. I feel overwhelmed. To take on the lifespan of the career and legacy of this iconic figure is a huge responsibility. Even the way she spoke was so beautiful. I’m trying to pay as much homage to her as I possibly can. After watching Amazing Grace for the second time I felt like I was watching a different film because I interpreted it completely differently. I have far more of an understanding of her now, and there’s so much more to go.”

On the advice she got from Aretha before her death:
“We spoke a lot. I feel like she gave me pieces into her life. When I would talk to Aretha I felt I knew exactly what she was talking about. When people are that iconic it’s easy to forget they had a life and that they are more than just an entertainer. They are a person, they’re a sister, they’re a child, they’re a wife, they’re a friend. In our conversations she was teaching me more about life than her life.”

Respect is scheduled to be out in theaters on October 9 – watch the first teaser!

For more from Jennifer Hudson, head to As If Magazine

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