Jennifer Hudson Achieves EGOT Status At The 75th Tony Awards
Jennifer Hudson has officially earned Hollywood’s largest honor, EGOT status. During Sunday night’s Tony Award ceremony, Hudson won her first ever Tony Award for producing the musical A Strange Loop.
Jennifer Hudson Earns EGOT Status at The 75th Tony Awards
Jennifer Hudson earned her first ever Tony Award on June 12, when A Strange Loop won best musical. Since she is a producer of the show, the award is added to her list of awards. The Tony Award was the last needed to secure the forty year old’s elite status. For those who may not know, EGOT status, means the celebrity as won at least one Emmy Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
Hudson earned her first EGOT applicable award with her 2007 Oscar winning role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. As years went on she secured more awards including two Grammy Awards in 2009 and 2017. Last year, Hudson earned her first Emmy Award for the animated short, Baba Yaga.
Ahead of winning her final award, Hudson joked about getting two more dogs to help earn the status. She explained that when she got a dog and named it Oscar, she then won an Oscar. She then repeated the process and won her first Grammy.
“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,” she said.
Hudson has yet to share anything about her new status to social media. Her Twitter bio, which includes her Emmy, Grammy and Oscar wins has yet to be updated.
The History of The Elite Hollywood Status
EGOT status was created in 1984 when Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas described his ambitions to earn the “grand slam” of entertainment awards using the coveted term. In the 2010s the term gained national recognition after 30 Rock‘s character Tracy Jordan set out to achieve the status in a season long arc.
In 2022, 17 people have won the “grand slam” of entertainment awards. Some of the most notable EGOT winners are Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Legend. Records state that Composer Richard Rodgers was the first person to earn EGOT status in 1962, even though the term hadn’t been created yet.