Actor Viola Davis achieves EGOT with win at Grammys


Viola Davis accepts the award for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for "Finding Me: A Memoir" at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. – Photo: AP

Add yet another honour to Viola Davis' long list of accolades.

On Sunday, the acclaimed actor became the 18th EGOT winner when she earned a Grammy Award in the audio book, narration and storytelling recording category. Davis was nominated for narrating the audio versions of her 2022 memoir, Finding Me.

EGOT status, most recently achieved in 2021 by Jennifer Hudson, indicates a person has won at least one of each of the "big four" awards: Emmy (television), Grammy (recording arts), Oscar (film) and Tony (stage). Sunday's Grammy sealed the deal for the The Woman King actor-producer.

The 57-year-old performer won her Emmy the first of the five times she's been nominated, in 2015, for lead actress in a drama series, How To Get Away With Murder. The four-time Academy Award nominee won the supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for Fences. The Tony for best actress in a play came years earlier, in 2010, for the stage version of playwright August Wilson's Fences.

Davis was up for Sunday's Grammy against fellow nominees Jamie Foxx (Act Like You Got Some Sense), Mel Brooks (All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World) and Questlove (Music Is History).

In addition to Hudson, the other EGOT winners are – in reverse chronological order – Alan Mencken, John Legend, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Helen Hayes and Richard Rodgers.

Other entertainers – including Barbra Streisand and Harry Belafonte – have won all four awards, but at least one of them was in a non-competitive category (such as special or honourary).

Legend was the youngest person to log all four awards (when he was 39); Gielgud (who did it at 87) was the oldest.

Later in 2023, Davis will appear in the movies The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes (as Dr. Volumnia Gaul) and Air, in which she plays Michael Jordan's mom, Deloris. – dpa

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Grammy Awards , Viola Davis


Next In Entertainment

Man suing Gwyneth Paltrow ‘deteriorated abruptly’ after ski crash, doctor says
Malaysian screenwriter Adele Lim makes her directorial debut in Hollywood film 'Joy Ride'
'Ted Lasso' stars visit White House to promote mental health
Chinese influencer Grace Chow apologises for being rude to fan
TVB actor Mat Yeung writes touching tribute to girlfriend Lisa Ch'ng's late father, Malaysian tycoon Bill Ch'ng
Bruce Willis’ wife describes ‘grief and sadness’ on actor’s birthday following frontotemporal dementia diagnosis
Donnie Yen praises Michelle Yeoh for bringing glory to Asians and women
US actor Freddie Prinze Jr's 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' was an actor's hell on set
Def Leppard's Rick Allen wants to move on from 'confusion and shock' of Florida attack
Syamsul Yusof claims Puteri Sarah wants divorce as she has someone else; asserts he never hit her

Others Also Read