Jennifer Hudson: Hollywood’s latest EGOT victor

Hudson’s cutting-edge triumph in the 2022 Tony award for the best musical in “A Strange Loop” made her an eminent personality who sealed the title of being an EGOT. This label is presented to those artists who Win an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, And Tony. 

She is the 17th person to reach such a great feat with her baffling career.

Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop,” for which Hudson just received a Tony, recounts the story of a Black, gay writer wrestling with problems of how to make art throughout every moment. 

The musical follows Usher, described as “a young artist battling with impulses, identities, and instincts he both loves and loathes” in the official synopsis. In 2020, Jackson was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work “A Strange Loop.”

Unveiling Hudson’s distinctive honors-

In an interview with ‘People Magazine,’ Hudson jested that “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 exclaimed. “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.” It seems like she found her lucky charms and positioned herself in this elite club of EGOTs.

Mentioning her other accolades- she had won the Emmy award for Outstanding interactive media for a daytime program for the movie “Baba Yaga” (2021). She received two prestigious Grammy Awards for best R&B album, viz, “Jennifer Hudson” (2009), and Best musical theater album.

“The Color Purple” (2017). Last but not least, the actress also won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an actress in a supporting role in “Dreamgirls” (2006).

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

Artists with similar accomplishments-

Hudson follows Rita Moreno, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Audrey Hepburn, and John Legend, who have all received accolades in four major prizes. She is only the second Black woman to earn an EGOT, after Whoopi Goldberg. 

Alan Menken, the composer who has written Disney masterpieces including “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” was the most recent EGOT recipient before Hudson. In 2020, Menken received a Daytime Emmy award for “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” completing his EGOT.

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