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Jennifer Hudson says new album covers her 'four different lives'

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Jennifer-Hudson-OscarsImage Credit: Rick Rowell/ABCSinging and acting talent Jennifer Hudson has plenty on her plate. And judging by her newly slimmed figure, hardly any of it is topped with food.

In addition to promoting her upcoming album, Hudson attended the 83rd Academy Awards last night. The 2007 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls was on hand as a presenter last night, and on the pre-show red carpet, the American Idol alum told EW a bit about the meaning behind her forthcoming I Remember Me, out March 22.

Hudson, whose mother, brother, and young nephew were murdered by her sister’s estranged husband in October of 2008, used the album the recall the things and people she’s lost. “I named it I Remember Me because I feel like in 29 years I have lead over four different lives,” she said. “And the album is helping to remember the old stuff and celebrate the new. It is a disc of everything I’ve been through. I don’t have much from my old stuff to grasp at, so the only way I remember me is from my voice or the scar on my hand. That’s a part of me an I want to remember it all, every minute.”

Though it’s hard to pick just one, she said her cover of Brooks & Dunn’ s “Believe” is one of her favorites on the record. “It has a gospel inspirational feel,” she said. “It made the album feel complete. I sang it for Brooks & Dunn at their farewell concert and I fell in love with the song that night. I had to have it on the album and I sent my whole team on a mission to get it. Luckily, we were successful and I was able to record it and really put the Jennifer Hudson spin on it.”

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Originally posted February 28 2011 — 5:50 PM EST

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