Jennifer Hudson took home a Tony Award this past Sunday for A Strange Loop, which she co-produced, ensuring her EGOT status.
The actress and singer secured her first-ever Tony Award on Sunday evening when A Strange Loop won best musical. Hudson, 40, is also a producer on the show.
It was the final trophy she needed to complete the EGOT quartet of having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Hudson first won an Oscar for her role in 2007’s Dreamgirls. She is a two-time Grammy winner, having earned her first one for her 2009 self-titled album.
She later went on to win a Daytime Emmy last year for the animated short, Baba Yaga, to which she co-produced and lent her voice to.
“I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar. And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy,” she said at the time. “So I think I should get some dogs and name them Emmy and Tony — and it’ll give me good luck, and I’ll win. [They’re] like my good luck charms.”
Hudson first reached fame on American Idol season 3, which premiered on January 19, 2004. It featured a 22-year-old Jennifer, who fans called “JHud.” The rising star auditioned in Atlanta with Aretha Franklin‘s “Share Your Love With Me.”
Jennifer would go on to earn rave reviews for playing Aretha in the 2021 film Respect, which she also executive produced.
And while Jennifer only placed seventh on American Idol, she went on to be one of the most successful artists from the show.
Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, The annual Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (as the Tonys are officially known) recognize the highest honor in U.S. theater — the equivalent of TV’s Emmys, music’s Grammys or the film industry’s Oscars.
And in the category of the best new musical, Girl From the North Country, MJ The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Paradise Square, SIX: The Musical and A Strange Loop all competed for the top prize this year.
Ariana DeBose hosted the show, just last year won an Oscar for the latest film adaptation of the beloved stage musical West Side Story.
The 2022 Tony Awards aired live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS and Paramount+.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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