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Jennifer Hudson to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

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  • Jennifer Hudson will peform for the first time since the slayings of her relatives
  • "Dreamgirls" Oscar winner will sing national anthem at Super Bowl next month
  • Hudson's mother, brother and nephew shot to death in October
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(CNN) -- Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson will give her first performance since losing her mother, brother and nephew when she sings the national anthem next month at the Super Bowl, according to the National Football League.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will make her first public appearance since losing family members in October.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will make her first public appearance since losing family members in October.

Hudson has not appeared in public since her family members were shot to death in October.

Her estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, 27, was charged in the killings.

The NFL already had announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would perform at halftime at Super Bowl XLIII on February 1 in Tampa, Florida.

Hudson, 27, won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in the 2006 film version of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."

She competed on the third season of the singing competition "American Idol" in 2004, becoming one of the top seven contestants before her elimination.

Hudson also has been nominated four times for Grammys.

The Super Bowl will be broadcast in 230 countries and territories, the NFL said. More than 148 million Americans watched the 2008 game, it said.

Others who have sung the national anthem before at a Super Bowl include Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks and Beyoncé.

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