Singer Jen­nifer Hud­son wears Reem Acra for B.E.T Awards per­for­mance

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The 2020 B.E.T. Awards may have been vir­tual, but its style mo­ments were very real. The celebri­ties who par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual cer­e­mony brought their fash­ion A-game to re­mind the world just how ex­cit­ing and glam­orous red carpet style can be.


You don’t have to look fur­ther than US singer Jen­nifer Hud­son, who chan­neled the late Aretha Franklin for a show-stop­ping per­for­mance of “Young, Gifted and Black.”

The star, who first sat be­hind a white pi­ano be­fore moving to a stand­ing mi­cro­phone, looked glam­orous in an emer­ald green gown from Le­banese fash­ion de­signer Reem Acra. With its con­trast­ing vel­vet and mesh tex­ture and a col­or­ful gem-en­crusted high neck­line, the kaf­tan-style dress won’t soon be for­got­ten. Paired with match­ing green eye­liner and di­a­mond studs and with her caramel-col­ored dread­locks piled into an ele­gant updo, the fi­nal look was noth­ing short of glam­orous.

The per­for­mance also served as a sneak peek of what we can ex­pect from Hud­son’s por­trayal of the Queen of Soul in the up­com­ing Liesl Tommy-di­rected “Re­spect” biopic, in which she will play the late Franklin. Fol­low­ing Hud­son’s set at the B.E.T Awards, the of­fi­cial trailer for the biopic, which is set to premiere in De­cem­ber, was un­veiled. The clip fea­tures quick flashes from the mu­si­cal artist’s life and ca­reer, in­clud­ing scenes from Franklin’s me­te­oric rise to fame, her sign­ing with a mu­sic man­ager and the leg­endary singer belt­ing out the song “Re­spect” in a gold gown. Be­fore Franklin died in Au­gust 2018 at the age of 76, she hand­picked the “Dream­girls” star to por­tray her in the film.

Mean­while, it’s not the first time that the Os­car win­ner has cho­sen a de­sign from Reem Acra for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Fans might re­mem­ber the form-fit­ting black gown with crys­tal-em­bel­lished mesh over­lay from the Le­banese de­signer’s Fall 2019 col­lec­tion, which she wore to the world premiere for “Cats” in New York’s Lin­coln Cen­ter back in De­cem­ber.

The 38-year-old singer’s love for Reem Acra de­signs go way back to 2012, when she per­formed at the Con­cert for the Rain­for­est Fund in New York City wear­ing a strap­less rose gold gown with an em­broi­dered bodice.


The per­for­mance also served as a sneak peek of what we can ex­pect from Jen­nifer Hud­son’s por­trayal of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the up­com­ing Liesl Tom­my­di­rected ‘Re­spect’ biopic. US singer Jen­nifer Hud­son also cham­pi­oned the Le­banese de­signer at the world premiere of ‘Cats.’


Be­low: The Os­car win­ner wore a gown from Reem Acra’s Fall 2020 col­lec­tion for her B.E.T per­for­mance.

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