Former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson was delighted to be receiving an award on the same stage where she competed on the show that made her a star.

Hudson, 25, broke through into the limelight for her starring role in Dreamgirls, the Oscar-winning picture based on the Broadway musical about a 1960s/70s African-American musical band.

Accepting the Sammy Davis Jr award for entertainer of the year at the 21st Soul Train music awards ceremony, held in Pasadena, California yesterday evening, she appeared to have come full circle.

"I just can't believe I got the Sammy Davis Jr award I'm standing on the same stage where I made the top 32 of American Idol," she gushed.

Others big winners at the Soul Train awards, which honour the work of black musicians in the US, included Jamie Foxx and Mary J Blige.

This pair won the gongs for best R&B soul album in the male and female categories respectively, for their albums Unpredictable and The Breakthrough.

Gnarls Barkley's Crazy took the award for the best R&B single from a group, band or duo while the equivalent album prize went to Baby Makin' Music by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley.

11/03/2007 10:44:22