Viola Davis is a force to be reckoned with. She has been a celebrated actress in the industry for years, and her list of accomplishments just keeps growing. Last Sunday, she added a major accomplishment to her list: she became an EGOT winner. That’s right: the 65th Annual Grammy Awards were kind enough to award Viola Davis with a Grammy for her audiobook recording of her memoir, Finding Me. This win made her the fourth Black artist to become an EGOT winner, joining the exclusive list of only 18 names.
An EGOT is someone who has won the entertainment industry’s four major awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Viola Davis has already won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017 for Fences, an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 for How to Get Away With Murder, and two Tonys, one for Featured Actress in a Play in 2001 for King Hedley II and for Lead Actress in a Play in 2010 for Fences. With her Grammy win, she is now an EGOT winner.
In her acceptance speech, she thanked the 6-year-old Viola for her life, her joy, her trauma, and her everything. She also expressed her excitement for this accomplishment, exclaiming, “It has just been such a journey. I just EGOT!”
It is no surprise that Viola Davis is an EGOT winner. She is an incredible actress with a remarkable story, and she has worked hard to get to where she is today. We can’t wait to see what other awards she will pick up in the future. Who knows? She might even become the first Black person to get the double EGOT.