EGOT is the holy grail of all entertainment awards, and Viola Davis just joined this exclusive club. After winning the Triple Crown of Acting, the acclaimed actress completed her quest for EGOT by winning a Grammy Award with her audiobook Finding Me.
Davis received her very first Grammy nomination at this year’s ceremony, for the best audiobook, narration, and storytelling recording. She defeated the likes of Jamie Foxx and Lin-Manuel Miranda to win this prestigious accolade with her memoir Finding Me.
“I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola. To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And, it has just been such a journey – I just EGOT!” Davis said during her acceptance speech.
It took 22 years for Davis to achieve her EGOT status, and it all started with her Tony win for best featured actress in a play with King Hedley II in 2001. She won her second Tony for best leading actress in a play with Fences in 2010 and kept collecting awards once she broke into Hollywood.
She became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama with her role in How to Get Away with Murder in 2015. She’s also the most-nominated Black actress in the Academy Awards history with four nods, and she received her Oscar for best supporting actress for a film adaptation of her Tony-winning play Fences.