Few clubs in Hollywood are as exclusive as the one reserved for EGOT winners. The acronym refers to winning the grand slam of all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. This means that the extremely talented individual will have demonstrated excellence in television, recording, film and theater – clearly landing an EGOT is not an everyday occurrence.
At the Tony Awards on June 12, 2022, another actor joined the EGOT club. Jennifer Hudson was producer of the musical ‘A Strange Loop,’ which won Best Musical at the ceremony. It gave Hudson — who previously starred on Broadway in the revival of “The Color Purple” — her first Tony, securing the final award she needed for her EGOT. She is the second black woman at EGOT after Whoopi Goldberg and the third black person after Goldberg and John Legend. At 40, she’s also the third-youngest person on EGOT, following Legend and “Frozen” songwriter Robert Lopez, who were both 39.
While it’s taken some winners their entire careers to nail all four corners of the entertainment industry, some managed to knock out an EGOT pretty quickly (like Legend). There are several artists who are also set to land an EGOT, such as Viola Davis, who could join the club if she wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio recording of her memoir, “Finding Me,” in the United States. Grammys 2023 on February 5.
Read on to see who took home this exclusive honor (and the first awards that got them there), then check out all the Hollywood stars who are *so close* to getting their own EGOTs.