EGOT Winners By way of the Years



When exploring the Hollywood celeb panorama perhaps you’ve come throughout the time period EGOT…. and perhaps you haven’t. It’s positively 1 of these “#iykyk” conditions. Fortunately, we right here at are all about celebrating the excellent news, together with legendary superstar achievements. So we’re taking a more in-depth have a look at a couple of members of the EGOT circle and seeing simply what number of you knew about earlier than studying this.
However first issues first, let’s make clear this acronym so everyone’s on the identical web page, lets?

‘EGOT’ that means

It stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. For a person to earn the excellence of “EGOT,” they have to be the recipient of all 4 awards all through their profession in leisure.

The time period turned broadly popularized in a 2009 30 Rock episode. “Who’s an EGOT?” Tracy Morgan’s character, Tracy Jordan, asks a salesman upon discovering a blinged-out necklace emblazoned with the 4 letters at a jewellery retailer known as Yakov’s Nubian Bling Explosion.

“EGOT will not be an individual, T.J., it’s a aim,” the salesperson replies.

“That’s a very good aim for a proficient loopy particular person,” Tracy states, earlier than embarking on a quest to realize the identical mixture of distinctions.

In reality, the time period “EGOT” was coined in 1984, over 20 years earlier than the appearance of 30 Rock, by Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas. The actor actually did buy a gold pendant emblazoned with the 4 letters (albeit a lot smaller than the 1 from 30 Rock) and told reporters at the time, “That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Hopefully within the subsequent 5 years I’ll win all these awards.”

Spoiler alert: Philip Michael Thomas didn’t obtain this distinction. However truthfully, good on him for being so bold within the first place. See, if the star didn’t establish such a lofty aim, and set the acronym in gold, the anecdote would have by no means been popularized in 30 Rock and the modern-day distinction of “EGOT winner” wouldn’t have come to realize such pop cultural significance. (So thanks for that, Philip Michael Thomas!)

Based on a 2019 function article from The Ringer in regards to the time period’s origin (and mainstream-ization):

“As hype over who wins has grown, so has a fascination with present enterprise’s overachievers. Solely a proficient few have reached the apex of this proverbial horse race, nevertheless it wasn’t till a multiseason 30 Rock subplot that the general public knew what to name it.”

As soon as the esteemed accolade had a reputation, celebs and followers alike have waited with bated breath to see who can be the subsequent star to hitch the illustrious listing of EGOT winners. Let’s dive in and see what number of winners you’re accustomed to.

Who’s an EGOT winner?

Let it’s identified that, at this present second in time, solely 16 folks have formally earned the excellence of “EGOT winner.” (Though there are extra in the event you depend honorary awards and distinctions.) Upon perusing the whole EGOT roster, a pattern shortly emerges: Nearly all of EGOT winners are composers (see: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Tunick, and Marvin Hamlisch, amongst others.) That is why it’s significantly becoming that the very first EGOT winner (who gained the combo of awards many years earlier than Philip Michael Thomas coined the acronym) was 1 of probably the most prolific composers of the twentieth century.

EGOT winner: Richard Rodgers

If you happen to’ve ever seen a Rodgers & Hammerstein film or musical, you realize Richard Rodgers’s work. However we guess you didn’t know *simply* what number of awards Richard raked in throughout his heyday. The primary EGOT winner acquired a complete of 13 awards throughout the board between 1945 and 1979. The composer gained his first Oscar means again in 1945. He was awarded Greatest Tune for “It Would possibly as Effectively Be Spring” from the movie State Truthful. 

Richard Rodgers would go on to obtain a number of Tonys for hit Broadway musicals equivalent to The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. His Grammy Awards have been granted for forged recordings of The Sound of Music (1960) and No Strings (1962). 1962 additionally delivered the ultimate jewel within the composer’s EGOT crown: an Emmy Award for Greatest Composer for the documentary Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years. 

Richard earned the EGOT distinction a month earlier than his sixtieth birthday and paved the way in which (whether or not he realized it or not) for a crop of different stars to observe in his footsteps (and for hundreds extra to aspire to).

EGOT winner: Helen Hayes

The second EGOT winner in historical past, and the primary feminine EGOT winner of all time, is actress Helen Hayes. Followers of the stage could know her because the “first girl of the American theater,” or maybe from the Broadway theater that’s named for her. That’s why it’s no shock that this proficient thespian, whose profession spanned a whopping 8(!) many years, has been on the EGOT roster since 1977.

Helen Hayes earned her first award of the bunch, an Oscar, means again in 1932 when she gained Greatest Actress for The Sin of Madelon Claudet. This was the primary sound movie the actress starred in and marked her profitable transition from the world of silent movies to talkies. She went on to star in quite a few Hollywood blockbusters of the period together with A Farewell to Arms (1932) reverse Gary Cooper and The White Sister (1933) reverse Clark Gable. Nevertheless, Helen Hayes’s coronary heart remained within the theater.

The performer went on to earn not 1 however 2 Tony Awards, first for Greatest Dramatic Actress for the Anita Loos play Pleased Birthday in 1947, and over a decade later for her efficiency within the Time Remembered (1958), during which she starred alongside Richard Burton.

Helen Hayes’s Emmy distinction got here between her 2 Tony Awards when she gained a Primetime Emmy for Greatest Actress in 1953 for her efficiency within the CBS anthology tv sequence Schlitz Playhouse of Stars. Helen continued acting on Broadway till 1970 at age 70. Nevertheless, she was removed from retirement. In truth, Helen saved performing and making tv appearances till the age of 85.

At 77, Helen Hayes accomplished her EGOT by profitable a Grammy Award for Greatest Spoken Phrase Recording for Nice American Paperwork (1976), which celebrated America’s bicentennial. Helen gained her final award for studying the Invoice of Rights. Sure, as within the Invoice of Rights from the US Structure. Isn’t it becoming that the “first girl of the American theater” gained a Grammy for studying such a quintessential piece of American historical past.

It’s value noting that Helen additionally earned the excellence of getting the longest timespan amongst all current EGOT winners between her first and final (non-honorary) award wins. 45 years!

EGOT winner: Rita Moreno

Persevering with chronologically, the third particular person and the primary Latinx particular person to obtain the EGOT distinction was actress Rita Moreno. In contrast to Helen Hayes, Rita earned all 4 distinctions within the span of 16 years. Though the triple-threat performer appeared in basic movies equivalent to Singin’ within the Rain (1952) and The King and I (1956), basic film followers absolutely know Rita from her breakout function as Anita within the 1962 unique movie manufacturing of West Aspect Story. The Academy acknowledged Rita Moreno for her efficiency, as she gained an Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress for the film musical, which has since develop into a trademark within the canon of twentieth century American cinema.

Rita Moreno’s subsequent award got here in 1972 when she acquired a Grammy for her function within the 1970’s instructional tv sequence The Electrical Firm (an early predecessor for different public entry kids’s exhibits like Sesame Avenue). Showing on this system with different soon-to-be Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman, Rita acquired the Grammy for Greatest Kids’s Recording. But youngsters of the ’70s most likely bear in mind her extra for her on-screen efficiency on the present relatively than the unique soundtrack album.

The Nineteen Seventies introduced additional success for Rita Moreno whose first and solely Tony got here in 1972 for Greatest Featured or Supporting Actress within the Terrence McNally play The Ritz. Rita went on to star within the movie adaptation of The Ritz and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her function as Googie Gomez.

Rita Moreno formally earned the EGOT distinction in 1977 upon profitable a Primetime Emmy for her look on The Muppet Present. Kids’s tv was good to Rita! So as to add icing to her EGOT cake, Rita earned one other Primetime Emmy the next yr, for her look within the detective drama The Rockford Recordsdata, which starred James Garner.

Movie and theater followers alike can see Rita Moreno within the upcoming Steven Spielberg adaptation of West Aspect Story, set to hit theaters in December of this year. Whereas Rita sadly gained’t be reprising her function as Anita, she will probably be showing within the movie, which she additionally government produced.

EGOT winner: Audrey Hepburn

If you happen to’re studying this listing considering to your self “I don’t know who these individuals are…” then relaxation assured as a result of just about everyone is aware of who Audrey Hepburn is!

Audrey, the 4th Hollywood star to realize EGOT standing, was the primary to win her final of the 4 awards posthumously. And, like Helen Hayes, it took Audrey Hepburn over 4 many years to finish her EGOT distinction. The Belgium born magnificence earned her first award of the 4, an Oscar for Greatest Main Actress, in 1953 for her efficiency within the romantic comedy Roman Vacation, during which she starred reverse Hollywood legend Gregory Peck. Simply the next yr, in 1954, Audrey acquired a Tony for Greatest Actress in a Play for her main efficiency in Ondine.

Though Audrey Hepburn acquired 4 Oscar nominations for her roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1962), Sabrina (1955), The Nun’s Story (1960), and Wait Till Darkish (1968), her Greatest Actress win for Roman Vacation would surprisingly be her solely Oscar. The opposite half of her EGOT distinctions didn’t come till the mid-’90s, as soon as Audrey’s fame as Hollywood royalty had been firmly cemented.

Though Audrey handed away in January of 1993 at age 63, the star gained a Primetime Emmy that yr for the journey documentary sequence Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. The next yr, she was additionally posthumously awarded a Grammy for Greatest Spoken Phrase Album for Kids for Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales. Though the album was launched in 1992, the posthumous win formally cemented Miss Holly Golightly within the illustrious EGOT winner’s circle.

EGOT winner: Whoopi Goldberg

So, likelihood is in the event you can title only one EGOT winner, it’s Whoopi Goldberg. Why is that? Maybe it has to do with Whoopi’s cameo appearance in that episode of 30 Rock we referenced earlier the place she explains to Tracy Morgan’s character how 1 ascends to EGOT-level fame. Or perhaps it’s since you’re only a huge Whoopi Goldberg fan. Both means, Whoopi’s EGOT standing is value a more in-depth look.

From 1985 till 2009, Whoopi, born Caryn Elaine Johnson, earned herself a complete of 6 awards, the primary of which was a Grammy for Greatest Comedy Album for Whoopi Goldberg, an album recording of her eponymous Broadway present. (She gained a Grammy for a Broadway efficiency… what a flex!) The identical yr, Whoopi had her breakout Hollywood function in Steven Spielberg’s The Coloration Purple, for which she earned a Golden Globe (and starred alongside Danny Glover and Oprah!).

5 years later, Whoopi Goldberg scored herself an Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress for her efficiency as an eccentric psychic in Ghost (for which she additionally earned her second Golden Globe). Whereas she didn’t win any Oscars or Golden Globes for her performances within the hit movies Sister Act (1992) or Sister Act II: Again within the Behavior (1993), the success of each movies made Whoopi the highest-paid actress in Hollywood on the time.

In 2002, Whoopi was awarded a Daytime Emmy for internet hosting Past Tara: The Extraordinary Lifetime of Hattie McDaniel, which documented the lifetime of the primary feminine African-American to win an Oscar, over 50 years previous to Whoopi Goldberg’s Ghost win. She later gained one other Daytime Emmy for Excellent Speak Present Host in 2002 for The View. 

And whereas Whoopi Goldberg has starred in quite a lot of Broadway exhibits like Xanadu (2007), Ma Rainey’s Black Backside (2003), and A Humorous Factor Occurred On the Method to the Discussion board (1996), she earned her first (and solely present) Tony as a producer for Completely Trendy Millie, which starred Sutton Foster within the title function.

We might be fairly remiss to not point out the truth that Whoopi Goldberg was not solely the primary feminine Black American to earn EGOT standing, however she presently stays the one Black girl to have completed so.

EGOT Winner: Robert Lopez

Whereas the title Robert Lopez might not be as acquainted to you because the likes of Audrey Hepburn or Whoopi Goldberg, likelihood is you’ve heard at the very least *1* music the composer has penned all through his profession. From Broadway’s Avenue Q to The Guide of Mormon to the large display’s Frozen and Coco, the musical works of Robert Lopez will play on for generations.

Not solely is Robert the youngest recipient of an EGOT (profitable his final of the 4 awards at age 39), he’s the one member of this listing to “Double EGOT,” that means he’s gained every award at the very least twice! Method to go, Robert!

Okay, let’s break this down ranging from the start. Robert’s first Tony Award got here in 2004 for his first Broadway musical, Avenue Q, for which the songwriter gained Greatest Authentic Rating.

In 2008 and 2010, Robert gained a Daytime Emmy for Excellent Musical Path and Composition for Surprise Pets!, an animated tv sequence on Nick Jr.

Then in 2011, Robert acquired himself 2 extra Tony’s for The Guide of Mormon. Together with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who collaborated with Robert on the musical’s e book, music, and lyrics, the three gained Greatest Authentic Rating and Greatest Guide of a Musical. If you happen to’re counting, that’s 2 Emmys and three Tony Awards in 7 years for Robert.

 The next yr, in 2012, Robert earned his first Grammy when The Guide of Mormon: Authentic Broadway Solid Recording gained Greatest Musical Theater Album. Little did Robert Lopez know that he’d be again for extra Grammy wins in 2015, after the discharge of somewhat animated movie known as Frozen. (Ever heard of it?)

Not solely did Frozen win an Oscar in 2014 for Greatest Authentic Tune (“Let it Go,” clearly!), however Robert gained 2 extra Grammys for Frozen for Greatest Tune Written for Visible Media and Greatest Compilation Soundtrack. Following Frozen’s business and demanding acclaim, Robert Lopez was formally the youngest particular person to win an EGOT, and the quickest to take action. However Robert wasn’t completed but!

In 2018, Robert Lopez was awarded his second Oscar for Greatest Authentic Tune for “Keep in mind Me” from the Pixar film Coco. It was performed live at the awards ceremony by the movie’s star Gabriel Garcia Bernal. And absolutely, all Hollywood followers bear in mind the efficiency of Robert’s largest hit “Let it Go” 4 years prior when Frozen star Idina Menzel was unceremoniously launched as “Adele Dazeem” by presenter John Travolta. (Hey, Robert nonetheless gained the Oscar that night time!) Fortunately, Gabriel’s introduction went way more easily.

Robert Lopez didn’t win his awards for Frozen and Coco alone. In truth, the composer penned each movie scores together with his spouse and collaborator, lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez. If you happen to’ve been counting, that’s 2 Oscars, 2 Emmys, 3 Grammys, and three Tonysfor Lopez. And his profession is way from over. In truth, simply this month, the husband and spouse duo have been nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys for his or her work on the Marvel/Disney sequence WandaVision. An Emmy win would make Kristen Anderson-Lopez simply 1 Tony away from becoming a member of her husband in EGOT-land.
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EGOT Winner: John Legend

Oh, you didn’t hear? John Legend can also be EGOT-certified. Yeah means! From 2006 to 2018, the R&B singer turned “the web’s favourite cool dad” acquired 16 awards. With a present 13 Grammy wins below his belt (and counting), John has gained probably the most Grammys out of the present roster of EGOT winners and is the primary EGOT recipient who’s primarily a musician, relatively than an actor, composer, or producer. He was the second Black American after Whoopi Goldberg to earn EGOT standing and the primary Black male to take action. Additionally, John Legend is the primary particular person to obtain all 4 awards in 4 consecutive years. (No huge deal, proper?)

John Legend earned his first 3 Grammy Awards in 2005, following the discharge of his debut studio album, Get Lifted. He continued to dominate on the Grammys all through the early aughts, incomes 7 extra Grammys inside a decade. Not solely did John and co-writer Frequent win a Grammy in 2015 for his or her music “Glory” from the movie Selma, however the 2 additionally stunned at the Oscars! The pair scored an Academy Award for Greatest Authentic Tune. (Their acceptance speech didn’t depart a dry eye in the home).

As soon as John Legend was midway to EGOT standing, the musician determined to department out to the Nice White Approach by co-producing a revival manufacturing of August Wilson’s Jitney in 2017. And since every little thing that John appears to the touch turns to gold, the present gained a Tony for Greatest Revival of a Play. Like Whoopi’s Tony win, whereas John Legend didn’t star within the manufacturing, he nonetheless acquired a Tony Award for his producing function. (Hey, it nonetheless counts!)

John accomplished his EGOT journey in 2018 together with his first Emmy Award for his work on the reside televised musical Jesus Christ Celebrity Reside in Live performance. Though he was nominated for Excellent Lead Actor in a Restricted Sequence or Film for his efficiency as Jesus Christ, John acquired the Primetime Emmy for his producer function for this system, which gained Excellent Reside Selection Particular.

And simply to make clear, whereas John Legend was additionally 39 upon gaining EGOT standing, Robert Lopez was 8 months younger upon incomes the excellence, making Legend the second-youngest EGOT winner so far.

EGOT Winners: The complete listing

See what number of extra EGOT winners you realize! Right here’s the full list of winners in chronological order:

Richard Rodgers (1962)

Helen Hayes (1977)

Rita Moreno (1977)

John Gieglund (1991)

Audrey Hepburn (1994)

Marvin Hamlisch (1995)

Jonathan Tunick (1997)

Mel Brooks (2001)

Mike Nichols (2001)

Whoopi Goldberg (2002)

Scott Rudin (2012)

Robert Lopez (2014)

Andrew Lloyd Webber (2018)

Tim Rice (2018)

John Legend (2018)

Alan Mencken (2020)

So there are solely 16 EGOT winners?

The brief reply is sure, 16. However that’s if we’re solely together with recipients of awards that weren’t offered on an honorary foundation. For instance, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli are EGOT winners in the event you embrace their honorary or non-competitive awards (that means they weren’t nominated for something).

If we’re being “official” and solely counting awards for which a person was nominated, then neither songstress makes the lower. But when we’re together with celebrities that gained EGOT standing on this means, together with Barbra and Liza, 3 extra Hollywood stars may be included on this grouping: James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, and Quincy Jones..

Whether or not you’re lax or strict about your EGOT standards, 1 factor may be certain: We will anticipate to see much more EGOT winners in the near future. Psst… We’re hedging our bets on Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, or Ben Platt quickly!

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