After winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and now a Tony, the musician, actor, and producer joins an exclusive company of American performers.
Jennifer Hudson, a performer and producer, has joined the ranks of the EGOT winners with her win at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday night.
The legendary acronym EGOT denotes a recipient of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award, and is known as the grand slam of American entertainment. Hudson was honored as one of the producers of A Strange Loop, which won best musical at the Radio City Music Hall celebration. With 11 nominations, A Strange Loop won best book of a musical for Michael R Jackson, who had previously won the Pulitzer Prize for his meta-musical about a black gay writer who is creating a musical about a black queer writer. Gloria Oladipo of the Guardian termed it a “uproarious and devastating” chronicle of one man’s search for himself in a five-star review.
Hudson is the 17th person to attain EGOT rank, and the third youngest at 40 years old. Alan Menken, John Legend, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Robert Lopez, the songwriter whose songs include Frozen and who is the only person to earn the status twice, are among the most recent recipients Jennifer Hudson joins the EGOT winners.
Jennifer Hudson joins the EGOT winners
Hudson earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her debut film appearance as Effie White in Dreamgirls, a Broadway musical adaption. Her eponymous debut studio album won best R&B album at the Grammy Awards two years later. In 2017, she received a second Grammy as a part of the principal Broadway cast of The Color Purple, which won best musical theatre album. She won a Daytime Emmy for her work as a producer on the short animation Baba Yaga last year Jennifer Hudson joins the EGOT winners.
Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, and Mindy Kaling are among the more than 40 producers of A Strange Loop.
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