After Tony’s triumph, Jennifer Hudson joins the EGOT winners
After winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and now a Tony, the singer, actor, and producer joins an exclusive company of American performers. Jennifer Hudson, a singer and producer, has entered the ranks of the EGOT winners with her triumph at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday night.
The legendary acronym EGOT denotes a recipient of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award, and is known as the grand slam of American entertainment. Jennifer Hudson was honoured as one of the producers of A Strange Loop, which won best musical at the Radio City Music Hall celebration.
With 11 nominations, A Strange Loop won best book of a musical for Michael R Jackson, who had previously won the Pulitzer Prize for his meta-musical about a black gay writer who is creating a musical about a black queer writer. Gloria Oladipo of the Guardian termed it a “uproarious and devastating” chronicle of one man’s search for himself in a five-star review.
Jennifer Hudson is the 17th individual to attain EGOT rank, and the third youngest at 40 years old. Alan Menken, John Legend, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Robert Lopez, the songwriter whose songs include Frozen and who is the only artist to win the award twice.