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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton made history once again. The musical about his life snagged a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations including Best Musical and several nods for its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The previous benchmark was set by The Producers back in 2001 when it picked up 15 nominations. Billy Elliot, did the same, in 2009. We’ll have to wait until June 12 to see if Hamilton can top The Producers for most Tony wins with 12.

Jennifer Hudson was widely expected to score a Tony nomination for her work in The Color Purple revival, however she was surprisingly snubbed. Her dreams of joining the elusive EGOT club will have to wait. The Dreamgirls actress already has a Grammy and Oscar on her mantle.

Even though J-Hud didn’t hear her name Tuesday morning, plenty of Hollywood names were recognized. Lupito Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Zachary Levi, Jessica Lange and many more received nominations.

The 70th annual Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre in New York on June 12. James Corden will host the ceremony. Check out all the nominations below.

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For its 2016 live musical event, NBC selected Hairspray. Wise choice if you ask me. Love the stage production and feature film musical. The peacock network has announced its first two cast members.

Fresh off her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson heads over to Baltimore to play Motormouth Maybelle. Queen Latifah memorably played the character in the 2007 film. Inspired casting if you ask me. J-Hud is going to absolutely slay it. Find out which Broadway legend is also joining the project.

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Prince passing away took many by surprise including myself. I’m still shocked the legendary singer is no longer with us. His music played non-stop after hearing about his death.

Broadway was also still reeling from the heartbreaking news. Both The Color Purple and Hamilton paid tribute to the late 57-year-old singer on Thursday night. Jennifer Hudson and her co-star Cynthia Erivo gave a rousing rendition of “Purple Rain.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast joyously blasted “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out both touching tributes below.

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I’m going to make this short and sweet for now as I have to head out for a birthday dinner. Until I write my commentary, check out all the performances on the American Idol series finale. It was an epic trip down memory lane with all the original judges reuniting for one last time. Check out all the action below. I’ll upload missing vids later.

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When FOX revealed which former alums were set to appear on the series finale of American Idol, there was one notable exception. Nowhere to be found on the long list was Jennifer Hudson. How could the singing competition sail off into the sunset with their solo Oscar winner? Unthinkable!!!

Thankfully, all is right in the world again. FOX confirmed the Dreamgirls actress will appear. Sadly though, it’ll be a pre-taped performance since the 34-year-old entertainer is currently starring on Broadway in The Color Purple. While I would’ve preferred to see Hudson stand with all the alums on stage, I’ll take this as a consolation prize.

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“Welcome to Chi-Raq! Land of pain, misery and strife,” says Samuel L. Jackson.

Spike Lee has courted controversy throughout his film career. His latest, Chi-raq (portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq), tackles the subject of gun and gang violence in Chicago’s rough South Side. The film is described as a satire based on the Greek comedy, Lysistrata, by Aristophanes.

Teyonah Parris plays Lysistrata, a woman who organizes a sex strike to protest black-on-black violence on the South Side. Joining Parris and Jackson is a star-studded cast which includes Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. The topic definitely hits close to home for J-Hud. The Chicago native lost her mother and 7-year-old nephew due to a violent crime back in 2008.

Chi-raq opens in select theatres on December 4, just in time for awards consideration. It’ll then move to Amazon Prime. Speaking of which, the drama is the first original movie from Amazon Studios. Check out the trailer below.

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Ain’t that the truth!!! It’s shocking that this woman doesn’t have chart-topper after chart-topper on her resume. Right?

Jennifer Hudson shows off her Grammy-winning pipes for Glamour magazine. The publication convinced the 34-year-old singer to belt out the most random things. From the Surgeon General’s Warning on cigarette cartons to Viagra warnings to a jury summons, J-Hud slays those and everything in between.

Watch the awesome randomness below. Give this woman another Grammy.

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A revival of The Color Purple is set to debut on Broadway later this year. The new production will be a stripped-down one featuring a minimal set thereby putting the focus on the actors and the music. Cynthia Erivo plays Celie while Orange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks and Jennifer Hudson tackle Sofia and Shug respectively. The production marks Hudson’s Broadway debut.

“The story holds a special place in my heart because, in part, it’s so honest. All of the characters are true to who they are. Each individual is an integral part of the message and it brings a complex emotion that sticks with the audience.” – Jennifer Hudson

Like her feature film debut, J-Hud is poised to make a splash based on this preview. Hudson along with Erivo belts out the title song in the music video which gives a glimpse at the musical.

Jennifer who already has a Grammy and Oscar stands a good chance of snagging a Tony with this performance. If she does, all that’s missing is that Emmy to reach EGOT status. Check out the video below.

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