Jennifer Hudson Reaches EGOT Status With Tony Awards Win

Jennifer Hudson attends the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Jennifer Hudson reached the coveted EGOT status with a win on Sunday night at the 75th annual Tony Awards in New York City.

Hudson served as a producer on “A Strange Loop,” which won best musical and cemented her status as one of the most celebrated artists in recent history.

The actress, singer, and producer previously won a 2021 Daytime Emmy for Baba Yaga, Grammy awards for The Color Purple and her debut studio album “Jennifer Hudson,” and she received an Oscar in 2007 for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls.

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Called “the grand slam of show business,” EGOT winners have received the top awards in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony).

Hudson joins a list of only 17 EGOT winners to take home all four awards, including Rita Moreno, Whoopi Goldberg and John Legend. Hudson and Goldberg are the only Black women to achieve EGOT status.

The first known EGOT winner is composer Richard Rogers. The term gained wider recognition when Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas used it to describe his goal of receiving one of each award in a timespan of five years — which he did not do.

Hudson, who most recently appeared in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, rose to fame on the third season of American Idol when she placed seventh in the singing competition. She then co-starred in the 2006 film Dreamgirls alongside Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose.

Other winners at Sunday’s Tony Awards included Phylicia Rashad who took home the award for best featured actress in a play for “Skeleton Crew.”  Newcomer Myles Frost, who portrays an adult Michael Jackson in “MJ: The Musical,” won lead actor in a musical.