Jennifer Hudson becomes an EGOT at this year’s fantastically queer Tony Awards

Jennifer Hudson becomes an EGOT at this year’s fantastically queer Tony Awards
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Queer folk bring the heat at the Tony Awards.

 

What is an EGOT you say? Well it’s someone who’s won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony – and Jennifer Hudson just became only the 17th person in the world to achieve this momentous feat.

Hudson won for her role as producer on A Strange Loop, which scooped Best New Musical and bagged a Tony for RuPaul, also a producer on the show.

Billy Porter, also a producer on the project, was in attendance to congratulate his pal Jen, who become the second Black woman to receive the coveted quadruple, following in the footsteps of legendary Whoopi Goldberg.

 

The evening was chock full of LGBTQ+ representation (well, it is Broadway daaaarling) kicking off with a barnstorming medley from out queer Oscar winner Ariana DeBose.

There was also the Tony’s first non-binary winner in Toby Marlow, who won Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for Six: The Musical. Marlow was effusive about the amount of queer representation, saying: “It just feels really amazing to be part of a season where there’s so much queerness on stage explicitly.”

 

Toby was right as the likes of Sarah Paulson and Nathan Lane were on hand to provide some big name LGBTQ+ representation (Nathan seemed particularly excited to be presenting with Spider Man and former Drag Race celebrity judge Andrew Garflield who can blame him), but the sheer amount of up and coming queer artists and performers is heartening to say the least.

With so many out and proud queer people presenting, nominated and winning it is clear that the culture divide in the USA is only widening.

 

When you have politicians literally trying to ban drag shows, the spectacle of the Tony’s probably looks like something from a different planet. 

 

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