With 'A Strange Loop' Win, Jennifer Hudson Becomes 2nd Black Woman to Earn Elusive EGOT

PhenomenalMAG Staff  |  Entertainment

Former American Idol runner-up Jennifer Hudson has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and, most recently, a Tony Award.

As one of the celebrity producers of the night's best-musical winner, A Strange Loop, Hudson earned a Tony on Sunday, thus becoming an EGOT.

With fellow superstars RuPaul Charles, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling, Billy Porter, and Alan Cumming, among others, Hudson co-produced A Strange Loop, which won best musical and best writing of a musical for author Michael R. Jackson.

As Effie White in Dreamgirls, Hudson earned the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2007, which marked the beginning of her EGOT quest. In the years that followed, she won two Grammys: in 2009 for Jennifer Hudson's best R&B album and in 2017 for The Color Purple's best musical theater album. She received a Daytime Emmy in 2021 for executive producing the animated short Baba Yaga in the category of outstanding interactive media for a daytime broadcast.

The seventh-place finisher on American Idol, Hudson, becomes the 17th member of the exclusive competitive-EGOT club, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and John Legend. Hudson stated that she aimed to win the EGOT in an interview with People magazine in 2020.

“Then I won my Oscar, so I got a dog and named it Oscar. Then I acquired a puppy that I named Grammy, and I got my Grammy," she remarked. "So I believe getting two dogs with the names Emmy and Tony will bring me luck and ensure my victory. They resemble my lucky charms in many ways.”

Speaking of charms, Hudson once tweeted a picture of a ring with the letters "EGO" on it, which she claimed "marked the day I would have an Emmy, Grammy, & Oscar." Looks like she'll need to purchase a larger ring.


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