Viola Davis has made history! The award-winning actor and producer has become the 18th person to join the EGOT club, an acronym for the rare accomplishment of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. With her recent Grammy win for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir “Finding Me,” Davis has officially joined the ranks of the most celebrated and accomplished entertainers in the world.
The EGOT club is an exclusive group of only 17 other members including John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mel Brooks. To join, an artist must win all four of the major awards in the entertainment industry. Davis has two Tonys, most recently for “Fences” in 2010, she won an Emmy in 2015 for “How to Get Away with Murder,” and won an Oscar in 2017 for the film version of “Fences.”
Davis’ fellow nominees this year included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jamie Foxx, and one of the other 17 members of the EGOT club, Mel Brooks. Other EGOT winners include Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Rita Moreno.
The audiobook category has seen some seriously famous winners, including Michelle Obama and ex-presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Davis’ win is a monumental achievement and a testament to her hard work and dedication to her craft. She is the first Black woman to join the EGOT club, and her win is a reminder of the importance of representation in the entertainment industry.
Watch Davis’ acceptance speech and celebrate with her as she joins the ranks of the most celebrated entertainers in the world.