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Jennifer Hudson Is ‘Not Surprised’ By Her Tony Nomination Snub

Hamilton has been at the center of Broadway hype for its ingenuity and crazy-good hip hop music, but for those of you who are less familiar with shows taking place on The Great White Way, there has been a STUNNING revival of The Color Purple happening, with Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson making her Broadway debut in the production. This year’s Tony Award nominations were announced yesterday morning, and surprisingly, Hudson’s name was missing from the list. Say whaaaaat?

According to Refinery29, the Oscar and Grammy winner apparently chalked her Tony snub up to the fact that she’s a celebrity, based on a now-deleted tweet.

Her performance as Shug Avery has received unprecedented praise from critics, and yet she was left without a nod, while two of her costars did receive nominations. In her tweet, Hudson hits the nail on the head in pointing out that the Tony Awards tend to leave celebrities unacknowledged for their work. Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen and James Franco are just a few among many.

While Hudson’s name is certainly a draw for audiences, she still deserves recognition for her hard work on the revival of this incredible musical. She graciously congratulated her costars and is set to leave the show on May 8th. We love you, Jennifer! 

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.
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