Viola Davis just won her first Grammy, earning her a place in the coveted group of EGOT winners!
She has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony: “I Just EGOT!”
The exciting news broke Sunday at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, where Viola won a Grammy for her audiobook reading of her memoir, Finding Me.
In her acceptance speech, Viola emotionally shared that the inspiration for her memoir was to honor “6-year-old Viola.” She then reflected on how her career “has been such a journey” before proudly exclaiming, “I EGOT!”
“I wrote this book to honor 6-year-old Viola. To honor her, her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. It was just such a journey. I EGOT!”
For context, “EGOT” is an acronym for four major entertainment awards (an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony), and only eighteen people have accomplished the feat of winning at least one of each.
Her journey to this achievement began after she received a Tony for her role in 2001’s King Hedley II. She then received her Emmy and Oscar in 2015 and 2016 before graduating with her Grammy in 2023.
Viola Davis is the fourth Black person to achieve EGOT status
We must also point out that among the eighteen EGOT winners, Viola is the fourth Black person to achieve this coveted achievement.
Whoopi Goldberg was the first black star to achieve EGOT status in 2002. Sixteen years later, John Legend also joined the club and he is currently the only black person to have won an EGOT. Jennifer Hudson is another EGOT winner as she accomplished the feat after winning a Tony last year.
Now Viola Davis has also achieved EGOT status thanks to her recent Grammy win for her audio book recording of Finding Me.
Thank you to the talented Viola Davis for joining the EGOT club and we look forward to seeing more examples of Black excellence accomplishing the feat!
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