Viola Davis Achieves EGOT Status With Her 2023 Grammy’s Win
Viola Davis finally completed her EGOT on Sunday, when she won the GRAMMY for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording.
The 57-year-old actress took home the award for her performance of the audio version of Finding Me: A Memoir.
“I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola… I just EGOT!” Davis said while accepting the award.
Davis’ victory at the Grammys follows her recent career triumph with “The Woman King,” a historical epic inspired by the true story of an all-female African army. Despite her involvement as both star and producer, Davis said the film’s production was a struggle for artistic survival.
Davis previously won an Emmy, Oscar and Tony — the Triple Crown of Acting — between 2001, when she was first recognized for her performance in the Broadway production of King Hedley II, and 2017, when she won at the Academy Awards for the film adaptation of Fences. She took home an Emmy in 2015 for the ABC drama, How to Get Away With Murder.
Now, 22 years after her first Tony win, she has taken home the GRAMMY, making her the latest performer to win all four coveted awards.
Davis follows Jennifer Hudson, who completed her EGOT in 2022, as well as Alan Menken, John Legend, Tim Rice and others. Davis is also the third Black woman after Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg to achieve this honour.
Leading up to the 2023 GRAMMY Awards, Viola Davis spoke to ET about what it would mean to earn the EGOT moniker. “It is a surreal title to have, and I thought about it, and I thought to myself, ‘If I achieve that, I may take myself out to dinner,'” she shared, before adding, “And you know, I don’t celebrate my wins but I’d celebrate that win.”
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