The “Dreamgirls” star and “American Idol” alum accepted the Recording Academy’s Recording Artists’ Coalition Award for her philanthropic efforts. Prior to accepting the award, Hudson called it “an amazing honor,” telling reporters, “It’s very rare when people acknowledge the positive things.”
It was a return trip to the nation’s capital for the 31-year-old Academy Award winner, who belted out the Al Green classic “Let’s Stay Together” for President Obama’s first dance during January’s inaugural ball.
The singer, who embraces the nickname "JHud," said she has yet to give the president and first lady a nickname of their own. “The Obamas — you know what, I haven’t given them a nickname,” she said to ITK. “But I’ll have to think about it. That’s a tough one!"
The entertainer will apparently be doing quite a bit of pondering. When ITK asked about her potential picks for 2016 presidential candidates, she replied with a smile, “I haven’t even [begun] to think about it. So give me time.”
The evening also featured a performance of sorts by Conyers. “The Paycheck Reduction Act” — an auto-tuned, hip-hop remix of remarks the congressman had given opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act was played to laughs from the audience during the ceremony.
The Library of Congress was also recognized for its efforts to preserve historic audio recordings.
Also spotted at the event: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Yolanda Adams, famed record executive Clive Davis, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow and songwriter Kara DioGuardi.
Photo: The Recording Academy