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 EGOT 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 landed her a spot in the iconic EGOT group. EGOT’s acronym signifies an entertainer who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. “A Strange Loop” was nominated 12 times during the award ceremony, which took place at the 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’s also the third black person, the second black woman, to achieve this honor. Whoopi Goldberg was the first Black actor to earn EGOT Status in 2002 and John Legend secured his EGOT with his 2018 Tony win.
In 2007, Hudson won the “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar Award for her debut movie role in which she played 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,” which won best musical theatre album. In 2021, Jennifer landed her Daytime Emmy award after serving as a producer on “Baba Yaga.”
The singer/producer has always had goals of getting her career to EGOT status. In a 2014 interview (at the 2:54 mark) Jennifer said:
“I have to get an Emmy and a Tony. Those things are tough. We got the Academy Award though, and the Grammy, right? So now we need the Emmy and the Tony. Don’t add no more ya’ll. Okay? Let it just 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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