People's Choice Awards 2014: Jennifer Hudson wins humanitarian award

Jennifer Hudson and sister Julia Hudson accept the Favorite Humanitarian award onstage at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson gave an emotional acceptance speech after being honored with the favorite humanitarian award Wednesday night during the People's Choice Awards.

The singer-actress was recognized for her charity work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she formed with her sister Julia Hudson in memory of her nephew following his murder (and that of her mother and brother) in 2008.

The foundation works to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds, according to its website, and to help enable them to grow to be productive, confident and happy adults.

LL Cool J presented the award to Hudson, calling her an "incredibly gifted artist" who "turned a family tragedy into a triumph for children in need."

Hudson brought her sister on stage with her to receive the honor.

"I have to start off saying the same thing I said when I won my Oscar -- look what God can do!" Hudson, 32, told the audience. "My mother always taught us that without family you have nothing, and whether you know it or not all are family, and what happens to the other happens to us, so it's very important to make a difference."

"It's one thing to be a celebrity and have power ... but it means nothing if we're not helping someone else. It also feels good to see positivity acknowledged," she added.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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