With the Primetime Emmy Awards officially in the rearview, some entertainers came one step closer to an EGOT.
What’s an EGOT? It’s an acronym for an entertainer that has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar and a Tony Award.
Only 17 entertainers have an achieved this via “competitive only” wins, which means an award had other nominees and wasn’t a special “honorary” award. Among those entertainers are Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson.
The first person to ever achieve the EGOT was musical theater composer Richard Rodgers in 1962. The entertainer who most recently earned EGOT status was Hudson in 2022. She was a producer of the Broadway musical A Strange Loop, which won Best Musical at the Tony Awards. Hudson’s other wins include two Grammy Awards and a 2021 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program for Baba Yaga and an Oscar in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dreamgirls.
An additional five entertainers achieved EGOT status with help from “non-competitive” or “honorary” wins. Those five entertainers are Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones.
A number of entertainers are one win away from the prestigious honor, including the six music icons below.