Call her “17”! Jennifer Hudson is opening up about changing into the seventeenth individual in historical past to earn EGOT standing after the musical A Strange Loop, on which she’s a producer, received a Tony for finest musical earlier this summer time.

“I’m nonetheless processing it. To be capable of know totally what meaning, the corporate that that’s… It got here as a shock,” Hudson instructed Gayle King on CBS This Morning. “I didn’t totally see it coming.”

Hudson — who earned an Oscar for her function in Dreamgirls, two Grammys (one for her self-titled album), an Emmy for Baba Yaga, and now the Tony for A Strange Loop — shared she was shocked when folks began to chant “EGOT” as she took the stage with the solid of the musical again in June.

“I went there to have fun the solid for getting 11 nominations, and I don’t really feel like I’ve been current. And then after they stated, ‘Strange Loop, finest musical,’ I used to be cheering for them,” Hudson stated. “And as soon as we get on the stage, all people began chanting, ‘EGOT, EGOT,’ and I used to be like, ‘Wait, what?’”

“It blows me away… I at all times have a souvenir simply as I’ve this,” she added, pointing to a hoop she has with the letters EGO. “So now I’ve a appeal that claims 17. When you see 17, that’s what it means.”

Hudson added that she received’t change her EGO ring “because it’s held me down for some time,” however added that she’ll get an EGOT ring to commemorate the accomplishment. Of the 17 folks with EGOT standing, Hudson is the youngest lady.

Hudson follows within the footsteps of composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Legend, who’ve not too long ago earned their EGOT standing. Whoopi Goldberg was the primary Black EGOT winner when she earned the title in 2009.

Hudson shared a selfie along with her trophies forward of her forty first birthday. “Counting down til my birthday ! In a number of days I shall be 41 however then once more I’ll at all times be 17! #EGOT #17,” she wrote.

King’s full interview with Hudson for CBS This Morning airs on Friday.

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