Entertainers Who Almost Have an EGOT


Entertainers Who Almost Have an EGOT

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The 2023 Emmy Award nominations are here, and many award watcher are wondering one thing: who will EGOT this year? An acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, the EGOT is Hollywood’s grand slam of awards, and only a handful of celebrities (like Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, and Jennifer Hudson) have made the list. During the 2022-2023 award season, another icon joined the storied group: Viola Davis, who won at the 2023 Grammys for narrating the audiobook of her memoir, “Finding Me.”

The term EGOT was created by Philip Michael Thomas, an actor who shot to fame for his role in “Miami Vice” and coined the term in 1984 but who never actually ended up winning any of the awards. The first person to ever truly achieve EGOT status was Richard Rodgers, who gained the title in 1962 after winning an Emmy for original music composed for “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years.” The only person, thus far, to EGOT twice is songwriter Robert Lopez, who made history in 2018 when he won at the Oscars for the song “Remember Me” from “Coco,” meaning that he won each of the awards at least twice. His wife and creative partner, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has shared many of those honors with him, but she’s still a Tony away from her own EGOT.

Meanwhile, a number of stars are waiting in the wings for their shot at EGOT glory. Cynthia Erivo, Lily Tomlin, Ben Platt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda only need Oscars to win, and stars like Taylor Swift, Adele, Jodie Comer, Lizzo, and H.E.R. are halfway there. Plus, if Elton John wins the 2023 Emmy award for outstanding variety special, he’ll finally join the EGOT club. Wondering who else is making progress? Keep reading to find out.