With her Tony Award for producing “A Strange Loop,” Jennifer Hudson has earned the coveted title of EGOT.
Individuals who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony during their careers in the entertainment industry are known as “EGOTs.” Rita Moreno, Alan Menken, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, and Whoopi Goldberg are among the notable personalities who have won awards from all four award boards.
Before tonight’s Tony Awards, only 16 people in history had won an EGOT in a competitive category. Hudson is now the 17th.
Hudson’s Oscar award in the category of best supporting actress for her role in 2006’s “Dreamgirls” was the first step toward obtaining the EGOT. Hudson has won two Grammy Awards since then, one for best musical theatre album for “The Color Purple” in 2017 and another for best R&B album for her self-titled album in 2009, as well as a Daytime Emmy for completing the VR-animated film “Baba Yaga.”
This year’s Tony Awards ceremony was hosted by Ariana DeBose, a fellow supporting actress Oscar winner for her portrayal in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.”
“A Strange Loop” arrived to the Academy Awards on Sunday evening as an awards darling, buoyed by glowing reviews and a rabid fanbase. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Michael R. Jackson dominated the field with 11 nominations in all categories, including L Morgan Lee for best featured actress in a musical, becoming Lee the first transgender person to be nominated for a Tony.