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Jennifer Hudson Wins Tony to Earn Elite EGOT Status

Jennifer Hudson sings the Star Spangled Banner to start the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)
Jennifer Hudson's meteoric rise from "American Idol" contestant to entertainment force of nature continued Sunday at the 75th annual Tony Awards.

The 40-year-old singer and actress earned a Tony for her role as a co-producer of the best musical winner "A Strange Loop."

With the victory, the star, whose portrayal of R&B icon Arethra Fraklin in 2021's "Respect" was heavily lauded but did not earn her Oscar consideration, joined one of Hollywood's most elite clubs.

Hudson became just the 17th person, and second black woman, along with comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg, to reach EGOT status. The rare accomplishment requires an artist to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award in their career.

Hudson joked to People magazine in 2020 about one day joining the small group of EGOT winners.

“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. “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.”

By then she was well on her way to accomplishing the goal. In 2007 she earned her Oscar for her breakout role in "Dreamgirls," Grammys followed in 2009 (best R&B album for her eponymously-named studio debut) and 2017 (best musical theater album for the musical "The Color Purple"), and in 2021 she earned a Daytime Emmy for her work on the animated short "Baba Yag," which she helped voice and co-produced, to set the table for her latest triumph.

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