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List of EGOT Winners: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award Recipients

Actor Danielle Brooks has become an 'EGOT nominee', joining nearly 100 artists who have received at least one nomination for each of the four major performing arts awards.

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List of EGOT Winners Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award Recipients

List of EGOT Winners: Just 19 people in history have achieved ‘EGOT’ status by winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony during their career, and that number won’t grow at the 2024 Academy Awards. None of the nominees at this month’s Oscars are a statuette away from completing the set.

However, actor Danielle Brooks has become an ‘EGOT nominee’. Named among this year’s contenders for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Color Purple, Brooks joins a group of nearly 100 artists who have received at least one nomination for each of the four major performing arts awards.

How did the term ‘EGOT’ come about?

Actor Philip Michael Thomas is credited with coining the acronym in a 1984 interview. Talking to the Associated Press, the Miami Vice star revealed he had set himself the goal of claiming each of the ‘EGOT’ awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the worlds of TV, music, film, and Broadway theatre, respectively.

Thomas even took to wearing an ‘EGOT’ medallion, although he later claimed in an interview with People magazine that the letters stood for “energy, growth, opportunity and talent”. Though a winner of a People’s Choice award, the 74-year-old has never received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, or Tony; indeed, he has never been nominated.

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TV show’s plot gains ‘EGOT’ exposure

While the term has been around for 40 years, ‘EGOT’ didn’t earn its current prominence in entertainment parlance until 2009, when it began to feature in a recurring subplot on the NBC TV show 30 Rock.

In season four of 30 Rock, a comedy set behind the scenes of the fictional sketch show TGS with Tracy Jordan, Tracy (played by Tracy Morgan) encounters a medallion bearing the letters ‘EGOT’ as he searches for a present for his wife in a jewelry store. When the shop assistant explains what the acronym stands for, Tracy buys the medallion and sets about trying to do the awards quadruple, declaring: “That’s a good goal for a talented, crazy person.”

Who has won an ‘EGOT’?

Of the 19 winners of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, songwriter, and playwright Robert Lopez stands alone as the only individual to have clinched a ‘double EGOT’ by receiving each award twice.

The most recent addition to the ‘EGOT’ club was British musician Elton John, who clinched a career ‘grand slam’ when he won Outstanding Live Variety Special at the delayed 2023 Primetime Emmys in January. The 76-year-old had previously won two Oscars, five Grammys and a Tony.

Non-competitive ‘EGOT’ winners

Meanwhile, six artists—Barbra Streisand, Liza Minelli, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, and Frank Marshall—have managed what is known as a ‘non-competitive EGOT’. This means that they have received awards at each of the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys, but needed at least one honorary accolade, such as a lifetime achievement prize, to complete a clean sweep.

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