Viola Davis has officially achieved EGOT status (EGOT-is the grand slam of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony over a career). She became only the third Black woman in history to receive this honor following Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson.
She won her first Grammy for her raw, inspiring book FINDING ME. It won the award for the best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording at the 2023 Grammy Awards premiere ceremony on Sunday, ahead of the main awards show.
The 57-year-old actor now has a Emmy win for How to Get Away With Murder (2015), an Oscar for Fences (2017), and a Tony for both King Hedley II (2001) and Fences (2010).
She’s only the third Black woman to claim EGOT status, and the 18th person to receive the honor overall.
“I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola — to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, her everything,” Davis said in her acceptance speech. “And it has been such a journey. I just EGOT!”
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