I’ve heard it before. You’ve seen it in the headlines and during awards season. “Will this celebrity get EGOT?” “This celebrity is one step closer to EGOT.” But what does this really mean?
Let’s delve into the story behind EGOT, how it came about, and why it’s such a big deal. We will be looking at who officially has EGOT. And any of your favorite actors, actresses, and artists are about to get featured.
What is EGOT, anyway?
Let’s cut it right. EGOT is like the ultimate Grand Slam for anyone in television, film, recording, theater or entertainment. It is an acronym that stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – the four most prestigious awards of those industries. Only a select few manage to earn them all and are thus crowned as having EGOT.
So, where did the term EGOT come from, anyway? You will have to refer to a small demo called Miami Vice mid-eighties to answer. Half of the dynamic crime-fighting duo in Miami, Philip Michael Thomas was also trying to make a name for himself in the world of fashion and music. Thomas was so ambitious in all of his projects that he wore a gold medal representing his dream, with the four letters, E, G, O and T.
As Mental Floss reports, at the time, these messages may have represented energy, growth, opportunity, and talent. But soon EGOT appeared with a new translation, representing the four major awards that are most popular today.
In recent years, EGOT has appeared on the show 30 rocks. So, some believe this is where the acronym began, as The Atlantic notes in a look back at the term’s history. But the origins go back to Philip Michael Thomas, with the Gold Goals medal. And no, Thomas has not yet been nominated for any of the four major awards.
16 Celebrities With EGOT Distinctions As Of 2022
EGOT’s official celebrity list is pretty short, hovering around 12 if you don’t include the majors awards. Most of those outstanding enough to win all four awards are either older or already dead. Here are all 16:
- Richard Rodgers
- Helen Hayes
- Rita Moreno
- John Gielgud
- Audrey Hepburn
- Marvin Hamlich
- Jonathan Tunick
- Mel Brooks
- Mike Nichols
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Scott Rudin
- Robert Lopez
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Tim Rice
- john legend
- Alan Menken
Some of the legendary names you’ll recognize from the list: Hepburn wasn’t alive to celebrate her EGOT status, with her posthumous an Emmy for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn and a Grammy for Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales. However, she enjoyed her Oscar roman holiday And it has Tony Ondine.
Brooks became EGOT’s eighth celebrity in 2001 at the age of 75. He won three Tony Awards that year Producers. His other award winning works included the remaining three works on the EGOT quad: Mr. CaesarAnd Imogen CocaAnd Karl ReinerAnd Howard Morris SpecialAnd crazy of youAnd 2000 year 2000. Brooks was quoted as saying, “I’m EGOT now,” and he didn’t need any more awards.
Some of the other celebrities in this elite category of EGOT fame include Goldberg, Lopez from “Let It Go” and frozen Fame, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Legend. Legend, the most recent honor, is the first black man to receive an EGOT award and also the youngest man to ever do so.
Celebrities are about to get EGOT
The list of official EGOT celebs may be short, but the list of EGOT earners is almost as large. Because there are non-competitive or honorary awards, there are a few qualifications for EGOT status, including Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, James Earl Jones, and Harry Belafonte.
Almost in the EGOT category, you’ll find legends like Jessica Tandy, Robin Williams and Henry Fonda, who were shy of distinction. Others who still stand a chance include Julie Andrews, Cher, Elton John, Martin Scorsese, John Williams, Viola Davis, Randy Newman and Al Pacino. even in South Park Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are only one Oscar shy of EGOT status.
Earning an EGOT is a remarkable achievement and a true testament to the talent of a celebrity. And surely there will be others to join the roster, considering almost all of the top talent on EGOT’s roster.
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