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Jennifer Hudson: My Son's a 'Little Entertainer'

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Jennifer Hudson, who’ll perform at super-producer Clive Davis’s Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday night, had a special guest for her rehearsal this week: 18-month-old son David.

“Motherhood is the best,” Hudson, 29, told PEOPLE during a break Thursday, adding that her little one has already caught the showbiz bug. “He is such a little entertainer.”

Decked out in a fluorescent down vest and Pendleton shirt, David spent much of the time bouncing around the ballroom.

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But when his mother took the stage to perform an emotional rendition of Aretha Franklin s “Natural Woman,” David was all ears. Once the last note was sung, he pointed at Hudson and said, almost with surprise, “Mama!”

In addition to joining the star-filled guest list at Davis’s party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hudson will take part in a special tribute to Franklin during the Grammys.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday at Los Angeles’s Staples Center and air live on CBS from 8 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.