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20 Artists Who Are THIS Close To An EGOT

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The most famous EGOT of our time may very well be Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock. Okay, not really, but the character’s obsession with winning the “grand slam” of American entertainment awards — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award — on seasons four and five of Tina Fey‘s popular NBC sitcom brought the concept back into the modern zeitgeist nearly thirty years after the concept was invented by Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas. Phillip did not EGOT, but he did talk about it all the time. Actually, Phillip didn’t even get nominated for any of the four awards during his career thus far. More surprising things have happened, but safe to say Phillip did ~not~ make this list.

The 2018 EMMY Awards brought us three more EGOTs, showing that this honor is less egregious to reach for in the digital age than it was when Phillip set his sights on it in the 1980s. Maybe it’s because there’s more crossover between Hollywood and Broadway, or maybe we’re evolving into our final form as a species and John Legend is going to become a giant super dragon who destroys all of us untalented plebs. Either way, John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice were welcomed into the club in September 2018, and there are plenty of opportunities in 2019 to increase the number of EGOT winners faster than we’ve seen in all of history.

Most Likely To Make It:

Pasek and Paul

The songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been working together since they were freshmen at the University of Michigan in 2006, but their earlier work Edges: A Song Cycle and Dogfight were really only known by musical theatre kids and their parents. When Dear Evan Hansen became the next big Broadway hit in a post-Hamilton era, the duo continued their momentum with the films La La Land and The Greatest Showman in a perfect storm of success. They won their Tony and their Grammy for Evan Hansen and their Oscar for La La Land all in less than a year. In 2018, they were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award that they lost to an SNL sketch, but it’s only a matter of time before they have another shot at the quadfecta.

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