Jennifer Hudson closed out night three of the 2020 DNC with a moving rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
Accompanied by two pianists and a saxophonist, Hudson belted out the Sam Cooke song from the Chicago Cultural Central, her powerful voice echoing through the empty space.
Hudson’s performance followed Sen. Kamala Harris’ acceptance of the vice presidential nomination. “It’s not about Joe or me,” she said, referring to presidential nominee Joe Biden, “it’s about us.”
The third night of the Democratic National Convention also included performances by Billie Eilish and Prince Royce. Eilish urged viewers to “vote like our lives depend on it.” Royce, speaking to Billboard after his appearance, said that “we need the kind of leader that represents our country’s values and is able to properly deal with the pandemic that has been disproportionately affecting our country.”
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and President Obama were among the other speakers.
Rodriguez took to social media to share a heartfelt message to his bride-to-be.
“Happy Birthday, Macha!!!” he wrote.
“Every moment with you is magical. You are the greatest partner, the best mom, the most amazing performer. A role model. A hero. An inspiration..I’m so proud of you. I love you so much!” the 44-year-old gushed.
Rodriguez also shared a video montage containing footage of Lopez talking about her aspirations, clips of her performing, as well as photos and videos of the pair together.
“Last year I celebrated my birthday for almost three months straight, while on my It’s My Birthday tour,” she told the outlet. “We had a birthday cake every night. So if we just stay home and I get to be with Alex and the kids and watch a movie, I will be fine. We’ll keep it very low-key this year.”
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
JLo and ARod got engaged in March 2019 with the former Yankee player proposing on vacation with a reported $1 million emerald-cut diamond ring.
In May, the mom of two admitted that she was “a little heartbroken” the couple had to postpone their nuptials due to the novel virus pandemic.
“I’m a little heartbroken because we did have some great plans but I’m also like, you know what? God has a bigger plan so we just have to wait and see,” she told the “Today Show” at the time.