Jennifer Hudson becomes an EGOT – Billboard

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Jennifer Hudson becomes an EGOT - Billboard

Jennifer Hudson is in the “Spotlight” to borrow the title of her 2008 hit. At the 2022 Tonys on Sunday (June 12), Hudson became only the 17th person to achieve EGOT status. She won as part of a group of producers of A strange loopwhich was awarded as the best musical.

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At 40 years and nine months, Hudson is the third youngest person on EGOT. Only Robert Lopez (who was 39 when he finished the awards ceremony) and John Legend (who was 39 years and eight months) were younger. Also, Hudson is only the third Black EGOT after Whoopi Goldberg and Legend.

Hudson took her first step towards EGOT in 2007 when she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first feature film. dream girl. She received her second in 2009, when she won a Grammy for Best R&B Album for her eponymous debut album. (She won a second Grammy eight years later for an actress in a revival of The colour purplewhich won Best Music Theater Album.)

Hudson was never nominated for a Primetime Emmy, but she received a 2021 Daytime Emmy for executive producer of Baba Yaga. The virtual reality animation film won Outstanding Interactive Media for a daytime program.

Hudson has also never been nominated for a Tony Award as an actor. She was passed over for her role in 2016 The colour purple. But she won this year as one of 44 individuals or entities to receive producer credit A strange loop.

That’s not a typo (full list below in case you find it hard to believe). This points to a problem that has arisen with the EGOT phenomenon – the standards are inconsistent from show to show and in some cases too lax. Producing a musical that wins a Tony for Best Musical, or co-producing it with a reasonable number of other people, should absolutely count towards EGOT status. But when 44 individuals or companies enlist as producers, how much creative engagement could they all have had?

Hudson is the third cast member of EGOT whose only Tony was one of the producers – although the previous groups were modest in comparison A strange loop. Goldberg won in 2002 as one of 11 producers Thoroughly modern Millie, which was voted best musical. Legend won in 2017 as one of eight producers of August Wilson’s Jitneywhich won Best Revival of a Play.

Perhaps the number of producers who can win awards for a particular project needs to be limited. It’s hard to pick a number – should it be four, six, eight, ten? I think we can all agree that 44 is too much.

Here’s the thing: There are 25 people alive who just need a Tony to become an EGOT. The list includes top talent such as Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Cher, Common, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Martin Scorsese, Barbra Streisand, John Williams and Kate Winslet. Apparently, all they have to do is tell their agents that they want to start investing in projects with award potential. If they have good instincts and connections, one of these projects is sure to win.

This is not meant to undermine Hudson’s performance. The current rules for who wins when a show wins a Tony or an Emmy (or when an album wins a Grammy for Album of the Year) are too loose, but she didn’t write the rules. She absolutely has the talent to one day become an EGOT as a performer. Let’s hope she does.

You want to know how many of the 17 EGOT winners have won all four awards as performers? Just four – Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud and Audrey Hepburn.

A footnote: Hudson is the first person to be thrust into the spotlight american idol to EGOT. She was a contestant on Season 3 of this long-running show. That’s a spot she didn’t win. She finished sixth. She didn’t let this disappointment stop her.

A strange loop won only two awards, fewer than expected. Michael R. Jackson’s musical won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.

Ariana DeBose hosted the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

As promised, here are the Tony-winning producers of A strange loop: Barbara Whitman, Pasek, Paul & Stafford, Hunter Arnold, Marcia Goldberg, Alex Levy & James Achilles, Osh Ashruf, A Choir Full Productions, Don Cheadle & Bridgid Coulter Cheadle, Paul Oakley Stovall, Jimmy Wilson, Annapurna Theatre, Robyn Coles, Creative Partners Productions, Robyn Gottesdiener, Kayla Greenspan, Grove Entertainment, Kuhn, Lewis & Scott, Frank Marshall, Maximum Effort Productions Inc., Joey Monda, Richard Mumby, Phenomenal Media & Meena Harris, Marc Platt & Debra Martin Chase, Laurie Tisch, Yonge Street Theatricals, Dodge Hall Productions/JJ Malley, Cody Renard Richard, John Gore Organization, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, RuPaul Charles, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Billy Porter, Page 73 Productions, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Playwright’s Horizon.

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