Jennifer Hudson Achieves EGOT Status with Her Tony Win for “A Strange Loop

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9336628qm)

The Tony Awards honored the best Broadway productions of the past year on Sunday night, and Jennifer Hudson walked away with more than just a Tony Award. She reached the coveted EGOT status after winning a Tony for producing the hit musical A Strange Loop.

A Strange Loop came into the night as the most nominated project, with a total of 11 nods, end eventually won two of them, including the best musical. Hudson picked up Tony as one of the producers of the original Broadway production, joining the EGOT club along the way.

Hudson started collecting EGOT-worthy awards in 2007, when she won the Oscar for her supporting role in Dreamgirls. She went on to win two Grammys – the best R&B album for Jennifer Hudson in 2009 and the best musical theater album for her work on The Color Purple in 2017. She came one step closer to EGOT last year when she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on Baba Yaga.

Hudson followed in the footsteps of recent winners Alan Menken, John Legend, and Andrew Lloyd Webber to become the seventeenth person to reach EGOT. She’s also the second black woman after Whoopi Goldberg in 2002 to become the EGOT winner.