Jennifer Hudson claims that she was not nominated for a Tony Award for her role in The Color Purple because she was used for her celebrity status and not her talent. Hudson wrote on twitter, “my presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I’m not surprised. ”
Recently, Hudson removed the tweet and did congratulate her cast mates on their Tony nominations on Instagram. “Very proud and overwhelmed to say congrats to @cynthiaerivo @daniebb3 @color purple entire cast on tony nod! One hell of a cast that’s for sure! Proud of u all!”
Orange Is The New Black actress Danielle Brooks was nominated for best performance by actress in a featured role in a musical. Also, Cynthia Erivo was nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical. The entire cast was nominated for best revival of a musical and the director is also up for a nominee for best direction of a musical.