‘Hairspray Live’ star Jennifer Hudson won Oscar and Grammy on first nominations: Is Emmy next?

Jennifer Hudson is a strong Emmy contender for her show-stopping turn in “Hairspray Live.” Based on the 2003 Tony Award-winning musical (itself adapted from the 1988 John Waters cult classic), this NBC production centers on Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio), a teenager in 1960s Baltimore who dreams of winning a TV dance contest. Hudson plays Motormouth Maybelle, a record store owner who hopes to integrate the show’s all-white cast.

In the third hour of the live broadcast, Hudson sings the soaring civil rights anthem “I Know Where I’ve Been” in the record store before leading a march on the TV studio to demand racial equality. This powerful performance could well catch the eye of TV academy voters who are filling out their Emmy nomination ballots.

If Hudson makes the cut in the competitive movie/mini supporting actress race, she could well win an Emmy on her first nomination. After all, she did that just that with her first Oscar bid in 2007 for her film debut in “Dreamgirls” and her first Grammy nomination for her self-titled disc in 2009.

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