Jennifer Hudson is definitely one of the industry’s top stars, having been named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2020. The Empire actress and American Idol winner bagged a Tony Award for Best Musical for the production, A Strange Loop, which she also produced, at the 2022 Tony Awards last night.
The musical, which is about a gay black man’s mental health, won the award over Girl From the North Country, MJ The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Paradise Square, and SIX: The Musical. Hudson received an Oscar in 2007 for her performance in the film, Dreamgirls, and a Grammy in 2017 for her contributions to the Broadway cast album of The Color Purple.
Another Grammy did she receive in 2009 for her self-titled debut album, and a Daytime Emmy in 2020 for her work as a producer on the short Baby Yaga. Jennifer Hudson recently appeared in the Aretha Franklin biopic, “Respect.” JHud had jokes about getting an EGOT with People Magazine in a 2020 interview. She credits her Grammys and Oscar to her pets, of all people.
“I should get two more dogs… I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar,” Hudson disclosed. “And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy… 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.”