Only 17 Talented People Have Achieved EGOT Status

By: Sharise Cunningham  | 

Rodgers and Hammerstein
Richard Rodgers (left) is seen here with his composing partner Oscar Hammerstein during the development of their new musical 'Pipe Dream' in 1955. Rodgers is the first person in history to achieve EGOT status. Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images

"And the award goes to ..." Not who you might think. Is your favorite actor a member of the exclusive EGOT club? EGOT is the acronym for those who have won each of the major entertainment awards, as in an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. These awards honor outstanding achievements in television, music, film and theater (stage), respectively.

We sometimes hear about a double or triple threat; someone who can do two or three of those talents well, like singing and dancing, or singing, acting and dancing, but who's so ultra-talented that they can pull off a win in all four categories? Not too many it turns out.

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As of this writing, only 17 people in history have achieved the elusive EGOT. Can you guess who among entertainment's elite has won the "grand slam" of show business?

The list just may surprise you:

  1. Richard Rodgers: Emmy (1962); Grammy (1960, 1962); Oscar (1945); Tony (1950, 1952, 1960, 1962); EGOT status 1962
  2. Helen Hayes: Emmy (1953); Grammy (1977); Oscar (1945); Tony (1932, 1970); EGOT status 1970
  3. Rita Moreno: Emmy (1977, 1978); Grammy (1972); Oscar (1962); Tony (1975); EGOT status 1975
  4. John Gielgud: Emmy (1991); Grammy (1979); Oscar (1981); Tony (1948, 1961); EGOT status 1991
  5. Audrey Hepburn: Emmy (1993); Grammy (1994); Oscar (1954); Tony (1954); EGOT status 1994
  6. Marvin Hamlisch: Emmy (1995, 1999, 2001); Grammy (1974); Oscar (1973); Tony (1976); EGOT status 1995
  7. Jonathan Tunick: Emmy (1982); Grammy (1988); Oscar (1977); Tony (1997); EGOT status 1997
  8. Mel Brooks: Emmy (1967, 1997-1999); Grammy (1998, 2002); Oscar (1969); Tony (2001); EGOT status 2001
  9. Mike Nichols: Emmy (2001, 2004); Grammy (1961); Oscar (1968); Tony (1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1977, 1984, 2005, 2012); EGOT status 2001
  10. Whoopi Goldberg: Emmy (2002, 2009); Grammy (1986); Oscar (1990); Tony (2002); EGOT status 2002
  11. Robert Lopez: Emmy (2008, 2010); Grammy (2012, 2015); Oscar (2014, 2018); Tony (2004, 2011); Lopez has received every award twice, meaning he's technically earned EGOT status twice, first in 2012 and again in 2018.
  12. Scott Rudin: Emmy (1984); Grammy (2012); Oscar (2008); Tony (1994, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009-2012, 2014-17, 2019); EGOT status 2014
  13. Andrew Lloyd Webber: Emmy (2018); Grammy (1980, 1983, 1986); Oscar (1997); Tony (1980, 1983, 1988, 1995); EGOT status 2018
  14. Tim Rice: Emmy (2018); Grammy (1980, 1993, 2000); Oscar (1993, 1995, 1997); Tony (1980, 2000); EGOT status 2018
  15. John Legend: Emmy (2018, 2019); Grammy (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2020); Oscar (2015); Tony (2017); EGOT status 2018
  16. Alan Menken: Emmy (2020); Grammy (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2012); Oscar (1989, 1991, 1992, 1995); Tony (2012); EGOT status 2020
  17. Jennifer Hudson: Emmy (2021); Grammy (2009, 2017); Oscar (2006); Tony (2022)
John Legend
John Legend performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell at MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom April 1, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Legend is one of the most recent performers on the EGOT list.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Wait, what? Admit it, you're kind of surprised, right? No Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins or other typical luminary of Hollywood. Aside from a few performers, most of the EGOT winners are those behind the scenes and not in front of the camera or audience. They're the composers, writers and producers behind some of your favorite shows, movies, albums and plays.

We can presume these folks work across more genres of entertainment than those in the spotlight; it doesn't necessarily mean they're more talented, but they have more exposure to a variety of media.

Not all Oscars are given for acting; there are categories in music, writing, costume design and SO many more. Likewise, not all Grammys are for performing; other Grammys are awarded for production and packaging among others; and so it goes for all the awards.

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Originally Published: Jun 9, 2022

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