Barack Obama tapped the Dreamgirls Oscar winner to sing in Denver, says her rep

By Bryan Alexander
August 25, 2008 06:05 PM
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Barack Obama has asked Jennifer Hudson to sing the national anthem on Thursday – the day of the presumptive Presidential candidate’s much-anticipated address to the Democratic convention in Denver, her rep tells PEOPLE.

“His reps called and said we’d love for you to sing the anthem on Thursday,” Hudson’s rep tells PEOPLE. “She’s thrilled and excited. It’s a tremendous honor.”

The DNC will not comment about Hudson’s performance until the official schedule is announced.

The Dreamgirls Oscar winner and Sex and the City movie costar, whose self-titled album will be out Sept. 30, has previously expressed a desire to help the Obama campaign.

“I’m so proud and excited for him,” Hudson, 26, told E! Online about Obama in June. “I haven’t gotten a call from them yet, but he does have my support.”

Hudson will not be the only vocalist Thursday. Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to close the convention that night.