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Jennifer Hudson Full-On Admits She Was Only Cast In The Color Purple Because She's A Celeb!

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See what she had to say HERE!

Jennifer Hudson is getting real about her role on Broadway!

On Tuesday, a fan took to Twitter to express outrage over the fact that the soulful singer was not nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Color Purple.

Related: Jennifer Will Star In Hairspray Live!

The JHud supporter wrote:

However, the 34-year-old responded to straight-up say that the only reason she was cast in the first place was because of her celeb status!

Ch-ch-check out her post (below)!

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Hamilton Sets New Record With 16 Tony Award Nominations — See The Full List Of Nominees HERE!

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It's no secret the Broadway hit Hamilton has captured everyone's attention.

Not only has did the cast of Hamilton perform at the Grammys AND the White House, but it won a freaking Pulitzer Prize already!

Well now Lin Manuel-Miranda's production has done it again as the 70th annual Tony Awards announced their nominees this morning and Hamilton set a new record with 16 nominations!

Video: Our Tonys Correspondent Iain Armitage Steals The Spotlight On Little Big Shots!

The former record holders were The Producers and Billy Elliot, which were tied with 15.

The awards were announced by The Book of Mormon alums Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells, with other notable nominees including Steve Martin, Jessica Lange, and Lupita Nyong'o!

Ch-ch-check out the full list (below) and let us know who YOU want to win!

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Watch Our Tonys Correspondent Iain Armitage Hijack Steve Harvey's Interview On Little Big Shots — Too Cute!

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We couldn't adore Iain Armitage more!

On Sunday, our Tony Awards correspondent made a BIG impression on Steve Harvey while stopping the funny man's new show Little Big Shots. Aww!

Related: Iain Scored A BIG Role On TV!

Not only did the seven year old theater critic bust out some AH-Mazing tap skills, but he also totally hijacked the interview from the 59 year old. While it's said that the interview was filmed well before all that Miss Universe drama Steve caused, it was HIGHlarious to see Mr. Harvey's reaction when asked by the YouTube star if anything "embarrassing or unplanned" ever happened to him.

Oh, hindsight is 20/20. LOLz!

Be sure to ch-ch-check out Iain (AKA IainLovesTheatre)'s adorable interview for yourself (above).

P.S. Iain's interview includes some VERY special red carpet footage from your favorite PerezTV. Take a look!

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Jennifer Hudson Will Star In NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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An Oscar for Dreamgirls, an Emmy for Hairspray?!

We've known for a couple months that NBC's next planned musical is none other than Hairspray Live!, but we only just got our first casting news for the event on Monday… and we could not be more excited!

That's because it was just announced that Jennifer Hudson has been selected to play "Motormouth" Maybelle — the role Queen Latifah portrayed in the 2007 film!

Video: J.Hud & The Color Purple Cast Remember Prince With Purple Rain

But that's not the only update we've got for ya — Harvey Fierstein will also be reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical back in 2003!

Two leads down, nine to go.

Make sure to catch J.Hud, Harvey, and the rest of the to-be-determined cast when Hairspray Live! debuts Wednesday, December 7 on NBC!

Whom do U want to see join the cast next??

[Image via Jennifer Hudson/Instagram.]

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Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Gets Political While Rapping About Puerto Rico's $70 BILLION Debt Crisis!

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He can do no wrong!

First he had In the Heights, then he made history with Hamilton, and now Lin-Manuel Miranda is all about Puerto Rico.

The son of two Puerto Ricans, Lin stopped by Last Week Tonight on Sunday to address the Commonwealth's debilitating $70 BILLION public debt!

Video: Amy Schumer Parodies Hamilton With Lin-Manuel Miranda

John Oliver spent 21 minutes breaking down the island's economic troubles, and closed out the segment with Lin-Manuel rapping about how the United States needs to help its territory!

Not only is the message poignant, but the song feels just as powerful as all of his other bodies of work.

Hopefully the Hamilton star's intense level of fame leads to some positive changes over in Congress — after all, he did promise Paul Ryan free tickets!

Ch-ch-check out Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest political rap (below)!!!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Cast Of Hamilton Celebrate Prince's Life With Upbeat Let's Go Crazy Tribute!

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The most popular show on Broadway just keeps getting better!

Now that it's been a full 24 hours since Prince was found dead, we've been seeing a lot of today's top musical acts paying their respects with beautiful ballads.

Well, clearly not every musician wants to be sad while looking back at the iconic singer's life, because the cast of Hamilton just celebrated his legacy in the most positive way yet!

Photo: Mike Tyson's Weird Prince Tribute Upsets Twitter

Following their show Thursday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, and the rest of the cast decided to honor the 57-year-old with an upbeat cover of his song Let's Go Crazy!

Now this seems like the way Prince would want to be remembered!

Ch-ch-check out Lin-Manuel & Co.'s touching Prince tribute (below)!!!

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