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16 Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

There are only 17 EGOT winners since the first recipient, Richard Rodgers, of this coveted awards won all four in 1962. Interestingly enough the actual term “EGOT” was coined two decades later in 1984 by Philip Michael Thomas. When his role on the new hit show Miami Vice brought him instant fame, and he stated a desire to achieve the EGOT within five years. Thomas has never been nominated for any of the EGOT awards.

But a person who is very close to achieving that status is Viola Davis, who is on track to become the 18th EGOT winner.

Viola is nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, for narrating her recent memoir Finding Me. Her competitors in the category are Jamie Foxx and Questlove, Mel Brooks (who already has an EGOT), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who already has an Emmy and is just an Oscar short of an EGOT).

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If (When) she wins she will be the fourth Black actor and third Black actress to win.

In the past 50 years only 18 people have ever received this award, which is proof how hard it is to acheive and how versatile you have to be to win. So in honor of the immensely talented Viola Davis so close to winning, let’s take a look at the celebrities who are also only one award away from EGOT status below.

 

Harry Belafonte has technically won in all four categories, except their fourth win is a non-competitive trophy; which doesn’t give him EGOT status.

MISSING: An Academy Award, competitive
Emmy: Oustanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for The Revlon Revue (1960)
Grammy: 3 Grammy Awards
Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (non competitive)
Tony:Best featured Actor in a Musical Category for John Murray Anderson’s Almanac (1954)

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Quincy Jones has technically won in all four categories, except their fourth win is a non-competitive trophy; which doesn’t give him EGOT status.

MISSING: An Academy Award, competitive ( but he was nominated for 7 Oscars in competitive categories)
Emmy:
Grammy: 28 Grammy Awards
Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (non competitive)
Tony:Best Revival of a Musical for The Color Purple (2016)

 

James Earl Jones has technically won in all four categories, except their fourth win is a non-competitive trophy; which doesn’t give him EGOT status.

MISSING: An Academy Award, competitive (but he was nominated for his role in 1971’s The Great White Hope)
Emmy: 2 Emmy Awards
Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album for Great American Documents (1977)
Oscar: Academy Honorary Award (non-competitive category)
Tony: 3 Tony Awards
Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Cynthia Erivo

MISSING: Oscar but was nominated
Emmy:
Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album for Color Purple
Tony:Best Actress Category for The Color Purple

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Stan Lathan

MISSING: Oscar
Emmy: 3 Emmy Awards
Grammy: 2 Grammy Awards
Tony: Best Special Theatrical Event for Def Poetry Jam on Broadway

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Audra McDonald

MISSING: Oscar
Emmy: Outstanding Special Class Program for Live From Lincoln Center (2009)
Grammy: 2 Grammy Awards
Tony:6 Tony Awards

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Lin-Manuel Miranda

MISSING: Oscar but was nominated
Emmy: Oustanding Original Music and Lyrics for Bigger! (2014)
Grammy: 3 Grammy Awards
Tony: 3 Tony Awards
Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Billy Porter

MISSING: Oscar
Emmy: 3 Emmy Awards
Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots (2013)
Tony: 2 Tony Awards

 

Bette Midler

MISSING: Oscar but was nominated
Emmy: 3 Emmy Awards
Grammy: 3 Grammy Awards
Tony:2 Tony Awards

 

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT StatusAndre De Shields

MISSING: Oscar
Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement for Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1982)
Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album for Hadestown (2019)
Tony: 3 Tony Awards

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Common

MISSING: Tony
Emmy: Oustanding Original Music and Lyrics for 13th (2017)
Grammy: 3 Grammy Awards
Oscar: Best Original Song with Glory (2015)

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Adele

MISSING: Tony
Emmy: Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special for One Night Only (2022)
Grammy: 6 Grammy Awards
Oscar: Best Original Song for Skyfall (2013)

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Cher

MISSING: Tony
Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Cher – The Farewell Tour (2003)
Grammy: Best Dance Recording for Believe (2000)
Oscar: Best Actress for Moonstruck (1988)

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Eminem

MISSING: Tony
Emmy: Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for The Pepsi Superbowl LVI Halftime Show
Grammy: 15 Grammys
Oscar: Best Original Song for Lose Yourself (2003)

 

Celebrities One Award Away From EGOT Status

Martin Scorsese

MISSING: Tony
Emmy: 3 Emmy Awards
Grammy: Best Music Film for No Direction Home (2006)
Oscar: Best Director for The Departed (2007)

 

Al Pacino

MISSING: Grammy award although he was nominated for it
Emmy: 2 Emmy Awards
Oscar: Best Actor for Scent of a Woman (1993)
Tony: 2 Tony Awards

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