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Jennifer Hudson makes history at 2022 Tony Awards

The Tony Awards ushered in the newest EGOT winner.

WASHINGTON — Jennifer Hudson joined the elite group of EGOT winners on Sunday at the Tony Awards. 

Hudson, who has an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar, became just the 17th EGOT when “A Strange Loop” won best musical — she's a producer. “A Strange Loop,” a theater meta-journey about a playwright writing a musical. In addition to Hudson, there are more than 40 producers for the Broadway show including Billy Porter, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling and RuPaul Charles. 

The singer, actress, producer and soon-to-be daytime talk show host is only the third Black EGOT winner and fifth woman in the elite club. 

The last person to earn an EGOT before Hudson was composer and songwriter Alan Menken in 2020. Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind "Hamilton" and "In the Heights," had a shot at joining the group earlier this year if "Dos Oruguitas” from Disney's "Encanto" would've won the best original song Oscar. 

Who has an EGOT already?

Richard Rodgers (1962)
Helen Hayes (1977)
Rita Moreno (1977)
John Gielgud (1991)
Audrey Hepburn (1993)
Marvin Hamlisch (1995)
Jonathan Tunick (1997)
Mel Brooks (2001)
Mike Nichols (2001)
Whoopi Goldberg (2002)
Scott Rudin (2012)
Robert Lopez (2014)
John Legend (2018)
Andrew Lloyd Webber (2018)
Tim Rice (2018)
Alan Menken (2020) 

How else was history made at the Tony Awards?

Playwright Michael R. Jackson ("A Strange Loop") took home the Tony for best book of a musical, becoming only the second Black winner.  

L Morgan Lee of “A Strange Loop” was the first out trans performer nominated for a Tony; Adam Rigg, scenic designer of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” is the first out nonbinary designer nominated.

The first award of the night — for best score — went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow became the first out nonbinary composer-lyricist to win a Tony. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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