Jennifer Hudson to join Pops on 4th of July

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Oscar and Grammy Award-winning pop star Jennifer Hudson will hit Boston this summer to join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops orchestra at the Hatch Shell for their annual 4th of July celebration.

The concert, now its 39th year, will be televised locally by WBZ TV and nationally by CBS with host Michael Chiklis. The Massachusetts native and Emmy Award-winning actor (“The Shield”) hosted the event for the first time last year. In addition to his hosting duties, he joined the Pops to perform one of his original songs, “‘Til I Come Home”, with the US Army Chorus.

Hudson, who canceled her Boston show last summer, is expected to perform some of her biggest hits with the Pops. I Remember Me, her second studio album, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 after its release in March of 2011. The album follows her 2008 self-titled debut release, which won a Grammy in 2009 for Best R&B Album.

The Pops will host an open dress rehearsal on Sunday, July 3 at 8:30.

Just days last year’s event, headliner Lionel Richie withdrawn from the concert due to strained vocal chords. Saving the day and stepping in to perform alongside the Pops was country music star Martina McBride. Recent 4th of July Spectacular guests include Toby Keith, Neil Diamond and Rascal Flatts.

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