EGOT Winners: The Recent and The Iconic

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EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. It’s the most prestigious title in Hollywood, as only 18 people in the world can claim it. It basically means a person who has done it all: won all four awards.

By definition this award shows how talented someone is, but also how desirable they are – people from all over the entertainment industry want to work with them. Either on stage (Tony Awards), in the music business (The Grammys), on television (The Emmys) and, of course, in Hollywood (The Oscars). Among these winners are Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks. But more on them in a moment! Recently, a trio of incredible musicians reached EGOT status…

A Triple EGOT Win

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This past September, the world was presented with three new EGOT winners – John Legend, Tim Rice, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The trio’s television musical, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live). Rice, a lyricist, and Webber, a composer, work together frequently on musicals and film soundtracks. Both have won multiple Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys for their musical contributions to film and theater. However, this is the first Emmy win for both.

John Legend, meanwhile, is a famous R&B singer who dabbles in acting and producing. In 2015, Legend’s song, “Glory” was featured in the film Selma, which won Legend an Oscar. He went on to earn a Tony in 2017 for his role as a co-producer for the Broadway production of Jitney. As a singer and R&B artist, Legend currently has nine Grammys. In addition to producing the winning adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, he took on the titular lead role. It was also a triple win for Legend: he is the youngest person to win an EGOT, as well as the first African-American male to be added to the list. Here’s to you, John!

Now, let’s go over some iconic EGOT winners and some who are almost there…

Richard Rodgers

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Even before there was a name for it, Richard Rodgers won it. Rodgers is best known for working with Oscar Hammerstein, creating the musicals Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. First, Rodgers won an Emmy in 1962 for the TV documentary Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years‘ music. Rodgers then won an Oscar in the Best Song category in 1945 with “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair. In 1960 and 1962 this incredible man won multiple Grammys. Additionally, between 1950 and 1962, Rodgers won no less than six Tony Awards. Oh, and he also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This makes him one of two PEGOT winners, alongside Marvin Hamlisch.

Mel Brooks

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Easily one of the funniest men in the world, Brooks was the eighth EGOT winner ever. He won his first award in 1967 – an Emmy for writing The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special. Yes, that’s the title! Then, in 1969, Brooks won his Oscar, the Best Original Screenplay award, for his film The Producers. Thirty years later, in 1999, he earned his Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. Finally, in 2001 Brooks won a Tony for the brilliant The Producers musical adaptation.

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn, while alive, won an Oscar in 1953 for her part in Roman Holiday. Then this legend won a Tony in 1954 for Ondine. Later, the same year she died, she won an Emmy for the informational Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. Unfortunately, Hepburn died in 1993 without her Grammy. However, a year after her passing, she was awarded a Grammy for the children’s album Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales. This made Hepburn the first EGOT winner to win posthumously.

Those Who Are Almost There…

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There are some incredible creators, actors, singers, and artists out there who won two and even three out of the EGOT – but did not get the fourth one. For example, Julie Andrews has yet to receive a Tony! Martin Scorsese recently won an Oscar, also leaving him only a Tony short of being an EGOT winner.

There’s the “Triple Crown” of acting – where one receives the three prestigious awards for acting: Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony. Among these few are the incredible Frances McDormand and Viola Davis. Singer and icon Cher is only missing a Tony, while Sir Elton John needs an Emmy for an EGOT. All of these are certainly possible future winners, and we’ll be watching to see if any of these incredible people can join the EGOT club!

If you’re wondering who else is an EGOT winner, here is a handy list, featuring all the winners.