Jennifer Hudson becomes the second black woman in history to achieve EGOT status
All it took was one more trophy to cement Jennifer Husdon’s Ego status.
On Sunday (June 12) for her work as a producer on the show “A Strange Loop”, Jennifer Husdon received her first Tony Award after the project won for Best Musical. Jennifer Hudson’s victory secured her a spot in the iconic EGOT group. The acronym of EGOT stands for an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning entertainer. “A Strange Loop” was nominated 12 times at the awards ceremony, which took place at Radio City Music Hall.
The former American Idol finalist, 40, became the 17th person and the third youngest to achieve EGOT status. According to reports, she is also the third black person, the second black woman, to receive this honor. Whoopi Goldberg was the first black actor to earn EGOT status in 2002 and John Legend secured his EGOT with his Tony win in 2018.
2007, Hudson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut, playing Effie White in Dreamgirls. In 2009, she won her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for ‘Spotlight’. In 2017, she won a second Grammy Award for ‘The Color Purple’, winning Best Music Theater Album. in 2021, Jennifer received her Daytime Emmy award after serving as producer of “Baba Yaga”.
The singer/producer has always had goals to give her career EGOT status. In an interview in 2014 (at 2:54) Jennifer said:
“I’ve got to get an Emmy and a Tony. Those things are heavy. However, we have the Academy Award and the Grammy, right? So now we need the Emmy and the Tony. Don’t add anything more. Okay? Just let it be those two.”
Hudson joins recent EGOT winners Alan Menken† John Legend† Tim Rice† Andrew Lloyd Webber and Robert Lopez (two-time winner).
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