Viola Davis achieves EGOT status with her 2023 Grammy victory
Viola Davis, the American actor, who has won an Emmy (2015), a Grammy (2023), an Oscar (2017), and a Tony (2010), joined the exclusive group of EGOT winners on Sunday when she received a Grammy for the audio version of her memoir “Finding Me.”
For her 2022 book “Finding Me,” the “Suicide Squad” star has just received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Audio Book, Storytelling & Recording category, and Narration. Davis becomes the 18th member of the exclusive EGOT club with the victory.
Viola Davis has achieved EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) status. "It has been such a journey, I just EGOT!" pic.twitter.com/YYj4MMJvRg— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 5, 2023
Davis was excited to mark the occasion on stage as the third Black woman and 18th person in history to hold this accolade.
The 57-year-old actor said with joy after winning the Grammy for the best audiobook, narrative CD, and narration, “I earned EGOT! It has been such a journey.”
For her part in the 2016 film “Fences,” Davis won Oscar in 2017 for best supporting actress. She also holds two Tony Awards for “King Hedley II” and “Fences.” Davis earned an Emmy in 2015 for the television series “How to Get Away with Murder.”
As she accepted her Grammy on Sunday, she said, “Oh my God.” I composed this book to memorialize the six-year-old Viola, her life, her joy, and her trauma.”
This year, Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mel Brooks ( who has already achieved an EGOT status), and Jamie Foxx were among the notable nominees in Viola Davis’ category; the only other contender was a woman.
Rita Moreno, Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Jennifer Hudson are some of the other EGOT recipients.
The actress has received numerous honors throughout her three-decade career, including two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway and the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama in 2015 for her performance as Annalise Keating, a ruthless lawyer, in the ABC drama. She became the first Black artist to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting in 2016 by winning the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony awards.
Viola could join Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson as the third Black woman to acquire an EGOT due to her Grammy victory.