How was Jennifer Hudson able to make a comeback, singing the national anthem at the 2009 Super Bowl just months after her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered? Those family members played a part, she explains to Dateline in an interview airing Jan. 8. "I felt as though I had to," Hudson says in a preview obtained by the Huffington Post. "Again, just the same as I hear my mother's voice in my head, I can hear my brother's voice in my head. And he—they, like, everybody, it's like, is she ever gonna sing again? Is she gonna—you know?"
"And what was I gonna say to that? I could hear him, like, 'Jennifer—' he would always say, 'Knock it off, Jenny,' if I was cryin' about somethin' or if I was upset, discouraged, mad, 'Jenny, knock it off.' That's what I hear in my head," she continues. "And it's like, 'OK, well, what they want me to do? I can either just sit here and mope around, or do what I know that would make them proud.' And that's what I did." Click to see why Hudson credits her fiancé with saving her life. (Read more Jennifer Hudson stories.)