Few clubs in Hollywood are as exclusive as that reserved for EGOT winners. The acronym refers to winning the grand slam of all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. That means the immensely talented individual will have displayed excellence in television, recording, film, and theater — clearly picking up an EGOT isn’t an everyday occurrence.
At the Grammy Awards on Feb. 5, another actor joined the EGOT club: Viola Davis. Davis won her first Grammy for best audio book, narration, and storytelling for narrating the audio version of her 2022 memoir, “Finding Me.” Davis is the third Black woman to achieve EGOT status after Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg, and the fourth black person after Hudson, Goldberg, and John Legend.
Davis’s entry comes about eight months after Hudson joined the club. Back in June 2022, Hudson won her Tony thanks to her work as a producer of the Broadway musical “A Strange Loop,” which took home the award for best musical at the ceremony. That gave Hudson — who previously starred on Broadway in the revival of “The Color Purple” — her first Tony, securing the last award she needed for her EGOT. At 40, Hudson was the third-youngest person to EGOT, after Legend and “Frozen” songwriter Robert Lopez, who were both 39.
While it took some winners their entire careers to nail all four corners of the entertainment industry, some were able to knock out an EGOT pretty quickly (like Legend).
Read on to see who’s earned this exclusive honor (and the first awards that got them there), then check out all the Hollywood stars who are *this close* to getting their own EGOTs.