Viola Davis has done it! She has officially become the 18th EGOT recipient and the first Black woman to do so. Following her 2023 Grammy Award win for Best Audio Book, Narration and Storytelling Recording for her memoir, Finding Me, Davis has officially achieved EGOT status. This highly coveted honor is a major milestone in Davis’ career and a testament to her hard work and dedication.
The EGOT—which stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—is given to performers who have won all four major awards. To achieve it, Davis has won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for King Hedley II in 2001, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder in 2015, and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Fences in 2017.
At the Premiere Ceremony, which was livestreamed on YouTube, Davis beat out Jamie Foxx, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and fellow EGOT winner Mel Brooks to obtain the honor. Upon accepting the award, Davis said, “Oh my God. I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, her everything. It has just been such a journey. I just EGOT!”
The win is a major milestone for Davis and a testament to her hard work and dedication. It’s also a reminder of how far we’ve come in the entertainment industry and how much further we still have to go. Congratulations to Viola Davis on becoming the 18th EGOT recipient and the first Black woman to do so!