New York, NY – June 12, 2022: Jennifer Hudson wearing dress by Pamela Rowland poses in the press room at Radio City Music Hall. (Shutterstock)
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
(CNN) – Jennifer Hudson made history Sunday night.
The “Respect” star joined the elite EGOT club. An EGOT is an artist who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony Award in their career. Hudson already had an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar and on Sunday she won a Tony, thanks to her role as a co-producer of “A Strange Loop” which won for best musical. Hudson joked to People magazine in 2020 about the plan to join the less than 20 people who hold such a crowning achievement.
“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.”
Hudson won a 2007 best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls, two Grammys (best R&B album in 2009 and best musical theater album for the musical “The Color Purple in 2017), and last year she snagged a Daytime Emmy for the animated short “Baba Yag,” which she helped voice and co-produced.
There are now 17 EGOT winners.