A select group of 18 artists have achieved the status of being members of the club EGOan acronym for awards Emmy, Grammy, Óscar y Tonythe four main entertainment industry awards in the United States, which annually recognize outstanding achievements in television, recording, film, and Broadway theater.
Reaching EGOT status is a prestigious benchmark described as the “Grand Slam” of the entertainment industry, which so far has only been reached by 18 people. When you win all four prizes mentioned, you are called an EGOT winner.
The most recent to become an EGOT winner is the actress and producer, Viola Daviswho during the 2023 Grammys preshow on Sunday, February 5, 2023, won a Grammy Award in the category of best spoken album for his memory “Finding Me”, an audiobook Davis wrote to honor his childhood. Taking the stage to accept the award, the artist said:
“I wrote this book to pay homage to the 6-year-old Viola. Honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. It has been quite a journey. I just became an EGOT winner!”
- This was the first Grammy nomination for Davis.
Davis won an Emmy in 2015 for her starring role in the drama series How to Get Away with Murder; In 2017, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film adaptation of the play. Fences; while the Tony won it twice: in 2011 for King Hedley IIand by Fences in 2010.
The actress and producer is the third black woman to be an EGOT winner.
The 18 people who have won all four awards in competitive categories are: actors John Gielgud, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg and Davis; songwriters Quincy Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Tunick, Robert Lopez, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Alan Menken; director and screenwriter Mel Brooks; director Mike Nichols; Producer Scott Rudin.
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✨ #EGOT winner @violadavis shares with us at the @CityNational Bank First Look Camera how her life has come full circle after winning her first GRAMMY at the #GRAMMYPremiere Ceremony. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/UR7z4c6cVG
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