Jennifer Hudson Wins Tony Award and Joins EGOT

The actor and producer joins an elite group of US entertainers after winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and now a Tony award.

EGOT is an acronym that stands for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony” awards. A person who is given all four of these honors in one year is known as an EGOT.

Hudson received the Best Musical Tony at the Tony Awards as one of the producers of A Strange Loop, which was named best musical.

Strange Loop was the most nominated book at the 2016 Awards, with 11, and also won best book of a musical for Michael R Jackson who has already won the Pulitzer prize for his meta musical about a black queer writer who is writing a musical about a black queer writer.

Hudson is the 17th person to achieve EGOT status , the third youngest to achieve this and at the age of 40. The most recent winners include Alan Menken, John Legend, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Robert Lopez, the songwriter whose hits include Frozen and who is the only person to achieve the status twice.

Jennifer Hudson won the best supporting actress Academy Award in 2007 for her debut movie role as Effie White in Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical.

She was nominated for two Grammys: best new artist and best pop solo vocal performance. It took her a while to win, but she did.

Broadway veteran Kerry Washington took home her second Grammy, this time in the best musical theatre album category for her portrayal of Celie Harris in the acclaimed production of the Tony-nominated

She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for her work on the short animation Baba Yaga.

A Strange Loop is about a black queer theatre usher writing a musical.

It has more than 40 producers including Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer and Mindy Kaling.

Hudson introduced a performance from the musical by saying: “This brilliant, funny masterpiece exposes the heart and soul of a young artist struggling with his desires, identity and instincts he both loves and hates.”