Jennifer Hudson Now 2nd Black Woman to Achieve the Prestigious EGOT


Jennifer Hudson just accomplished a feat only 17 other entertainers in history could ever achieve in Hollywood. She became the recipient of the most coveted EGOT status. The EGOT status is defined when a person receives an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony award. The first black woman to ever achieve this was Whoopi Goldberg.

Jennifer is now the 2nd black woman to get this award and the 3rd black person after John Legend and Whoopi Goldberg. The 40-year-old actress and singer has been known for her talent in acting and singing since her debut on American Idol. 

Jennifer went on to make music and movies with some of the big names in the business, including Nelly, Mariah Carey, and David Guetta, among others. She has now made her mark in history, becoming the first-ever American Idol to be named EGOT. 

Jennifer’s Journey to EGOT

J.Hud is an American singer and actress who’s been instrumental in the business, releasing some of the most significant works that led her to the EGOT status. Hudson won the Tony Award for her work as a producer in the ‘A Strange Loop,’ which won the Best Musical Award. The lead producer was Barbara Whitman alongside Hudson, Mindy Kaling, RuPaul, Billy Porter, Alan Cumming, and Ilana Glazer, among others. 

Hudson won an Oscar in 2007 for her incredible work in ‘Dreamgirls,’ an outstanding musical drama film. Additionally, J.Hud won two Grammys in 2009 and 2017. Last year, Hudson secured an Emmy for her animated short film, ‘Baba Yaga.’ The Tony award gave her this victorious win making Hudson the youngest black woman to achieve EGOT status. 

Jennifer spoke to People Magazine in 2020 and actually joked about achieving this great status. Social media users and her fans were quick to congratulate her for earning this rare status and for once again putting black women on the map. Even more impressive, Hudson achieved the EGOT status in only 15 years. Indeed, J.Hud deserves all the glam that comes with her new status. Congratulations!

Contributed by Bilha Gitari