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Black Celebs Who Are Close To EGOT Status

Recently, the NBC Network honored the winners of the 74th Primetime Emmy Award Show. Five Black women took home awards, marking a significant moment in Hollywood. These talented individuals are on their way to achieving the prestigious EGOT status, which entails winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

At the 74th Emmy Award show, held at the Microsoft Theater in LA, Black women like Lizzo, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Quinta Brunson, and Zendaya were recognized and celebrated for their contributions to the industry.

The recognition of Black entertainers for their accomplishments in Hollywood is long overdue.

What Is EGOT?

EGOT is a term used to describe the achievement of winning all four of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry.

To achieve EGOT status, an artist must secure the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.

Here are some Black artists who are on the path to EGOT status:

Billy Porter

In 2013, Porter won a Tony Award for his role in Kinky Boots.

He also received an Emmy in 2019 for his performance in the series Pose. Additionally, he won a Grammy for the best musical theater album in 2014. The only award he is yet to clinch is an Oscar, a feat he is well on his way to achieving.

Common

Common, formerly known as Common Sense, is one award away from attaining EGOT status.

The accomplished rapper and actor has already won two Oscars for Best Original Song, an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and has garnered 3 Grammys and 20 nominations throughout his career.

His remaining target is a Tony Award.

Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover

The versatile artist has secured two Emmy Awards for his work on the hit show Atlanta, where he excelled as a director and actor.

In addition, he won a Grammy for his track “Redbone.” He is two accolades away from achieving EGOT status, needing to win an Oscar and a Tony Award.

Lupita Nyong’o

In 2014, Lupita clinched an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film 12 Years A Slave.

She also snagged a Tony Award in 2020 for her role in the play Eclipsed. She is yet to secure the Emmy and Grammy awards to complete her EGOT journey.

H.E.R

The talented artist behind hits like “Damage” has amassed five Grammys to date. Last year, she won an Oscar for Best Original Song. She is just two accolades away from achieving EGOT status and has expressed her aspirations for greater success in Hollywood in an interview with Variety.

Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, and Harry Belafonte are the only Black celebrities in history to have attained EGOT status, with Whoopi being the sole Black woman on that list.

Why Is EGOT Such A Big Deal?

Attaining EGOT status is a significant achievement due to the rarity of Black entertainers who have accomplished this feat. Black artists have had to overcome historical challenges in an industry that was predominantly white, where they were initially excluded or marginalized.

In the early 20th century, African Americans were not given on-screen opportunities, leading to white actors resorting to blackface portrayals and perpetuating stereotypes.

Lincoln Perry broke barriers as the first African American actor to appear on screen in the 20th century. However, despite his contributions and achievements in his career, such as portraying Stepin Fetchit, he never received any awards for his work.

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