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“Jennifer Hudson from Chicago, Illinois.”
This is how Randy Jackson introduced the 21-year-old singer from Englewood to the world in 2003 on American Idol.
Back then, even after demonstrating undeniable powerful voices, Hudson’s future as a singer seemed questionable. She didn’t even hit the top five on the competition’s reality TV show, an achievement that would likely get most people back to their daily work.
Hudson didn’t give up on her dreams, but she got to work. Now, her hometown girl who ultimately was good at movies and music has made Chicago proud once again.
Hudson secured EGOT’s stature when a show she produced, “A Strange Loop,” won Best Musical on Sunday at the Tony Awards. She is only the seventeenth person in history to win all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and now a Tony.
Not surprisingly, when you think about Hudson’s career.
Shortly after American Idol, Hudson held her own in “Dreamgirls” alongside established artists such as Eddie Murphy, Beyonce and Jamie Foxx. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2007 for the role of Effie White.
In 2009, Hudson won his first Grammy for Best R&B Album. She won a second Grammy eight years later. She won a Daytime Emmy as executive producer for an interactive animated short, “Baby Yaga”.
“This is still home. There is no place like home. People are always like, ‘What are you doing here? Are you singing here? … ‘”Hudson said in an interview last year with Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper.” And I, like,’ I live here, I’m from here. ‘ People have this perception that all celebrities live in Hollywood or New York. But no, Chicago is my home and it always will be. “
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