NEW YORK (AP) - Jennifer Hudson says she's honored to be a Grammy nominee. The Oscar-winning actress and singer, who has been in seclusion since the killings of her mother, brother and nephew, was nominated Wednesday for four Grammy awards for her self-titled debut album.

Says Hudson: "It's been a childhood dream of mine to release an album, so to receive four Grammy nominations is truly a blessing. I am extremely honored and humbled by the nominations."

Hudson's nominations included Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her entire album "Spotlight," Best R&B Album for "Jennifer Hudson," Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals for her Fantasia duet "I'm His Only Woman" and Best R&B Song for "Spotlight."

The nominations came a day after her estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, was formally charged with murder in the killings of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.

Hudson has declined through a spokeswoman to speak about the arrest.

HitFix staff contributed to this story.

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