Recording artist who was a finalist on the third season of American Idol . She then transitioned into acting and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film Dreamgirls .
She dropped out of Langston University due to homesickness and dislike of the weather and instead enrolled in Kennedy-King College.
Her song "Love You I Do" won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture in 2008.
She was in a relationship with maintenance engineer James Peyton from 1999 until 2007. She began dating WWE wrestler David Otunga in 2008 and they had a son named David Daniel Otunga Jr. in 2009. The couple later separated in 2017.
She starred in the 2006 film, Dreamgirls, with Beyonce , during which she sang "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going."