Jennifer Hudson held back tears as she accepted the favourite humanitarian award at the 2014 People's Choice Awards.
Accompanied on stage by her sister, Julia Hudson, the Oscar-winning actress became choked up as she said: "My mother always taught us without family you have nothing. Whether you know it or not, we all are family. What happens to the other happens to us. It's one thing to be a celebrity and have power, but it means nothing if we're not making a difference and helping someone else."
Jennifer created the Chicago-based Julian D King Gift Foundation with Julia in honour of her nephew, Julian King, who was killed in 2008 at the age of seven. The crime also took the lives of Jennifer's mother and brother. The foundation aims to provide stability and positive experiences for children.
The Dreamgirls star was presented the award by LL Cool J. "It feels good to see positivity acknowledged," she said. "Where we come from all you hear about is who shot who and who went to jail. There is more to life than the block you live on. We want to show them that I came from the same area and if I can do it, you can do it too. It does not stop there."
Jennifer's tender moment was the only instance to strike a strong emotional chord during the show. Bestowing the humanitarian award remains a gripping current in the show primarily packed with light-hearted moments.
Sandra Bullock gained the show's first humanitarian award in 2013 for her efforts in storm-ravaged New Orleans. She stayed modest in her speech, saying she didn't do much compared to the volunteers based in New Orleans. The actress added that she was able to "write a check and be a really good cheerleader".