Shug Avery's not coming to town
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Happy Tony nominees are all alike; each unhappy non-nominee is unhappy in her own way.

Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted her reaction to being left off the list for the 70th Tony Awards, nominations for which were announced Tuesday morning.

Hudson, who made her Broadway debut in December as the fiery Shug Avery in the hit revival of The Color Purple, was in the running for a Tony nod for Featured Actress in a Musical. However, Hudson did not receive one, though her costars Cynthia Erivo (Actress in a Leading Role) and Danielle Brooks (Actress in a Featured Role) each earned a nomination. The show earned four Tony nominations overall, including one for Best Revival of a Musical.

Hudson later tweeted (and deleted) a reaction to her individual snub a few hours after the announcement, before she congratulated her co-stars on Instagram:


It’s unclear who Hudson is referring to that “used” her presence — perhaps the producers of the show she was starring in, who featured her prominently on billboards and posters to advertise the show she was starring in. It’s worth a critical mention, too, that not all snubs are actually, well, snubs — as EW suggests here in our gallery of snubs and surprises.

Hudson will depart The Color Purple on May 8; Tony winner Heather Headley will take over on May 10. Hudson will appear later this year as Motormouth Maybelle in NBC’s Hairspray Live.