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.
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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Speaking of Hamilton, creator Lin Manuel Miranda has come a long way since my college misspelled "Maneul" on our In The Heights t-shirts in 2014. If you need me to explain Hamilton's success to you, just close your tab here because you exhaust me. Assuming you haven't been living under a rock, you also know that Lin did the music for Disney's Moana, and also appeared in their Mary Poppins sequel in late 2018. Lin has also won a Pulitzer, so he could be the third-ever PEGOT winner if he ever gets the Oscar he missed out on for Moana (which, ironically went to fellow EGOT contenders Pasek and Paul). Odds are very high he'll get there eventually. Very, very high.
Audra McDonald is a national treasure who has somehow never won an Oscar. She's won multiple Grammys and Tonys, and one Emmy Award (for a televised production of Sweeney Todd live from Lincoln Center), so if she ever gets her Oscar, she'll be more like an EGGGOTTTTTT. Her film appearances have been more sporadic than her other endeavors, but if they ever decide to make a new film biopic of Billie Holiday's life story or Porgy and Bess, she'll be good to go. Moral of the story: if you want to EGOT, embrace the Great White Way.
Stephen Sondheim only needs an Emmy to complete his grand slam, and with the stunning amount of live theatre performances on television right now, its really only a matter of time. He only has one Academy Award, but if you combine his eight Grammys and eight Tony Awards, it must equal at least one Emmy. Sondheim has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, so if EGOT-ing functioned on a barter system, he'd have it in the bag. Sondheim has already had a televised retrospective of his accomplishments, but with the right project, an EGOT shouldn't be far from his reach.
Ben Platt has had a banner run since starring in Dear Evan Hansen proving that if you want your child to be successful, you really should send them to Harvard-Westlake. Ben got his start pretty early, riding on a combination of stunning talent and a father who produced Wicked. Clearly, his Grammy and Tony were both for Dear Evan Hansen, as was his Daytime Emmy for a The Today Show performance of "You Will Be Found." Honestly, fair. Ben is currently filming The Politician, a Netflix series he is also executive producing, but between his starring role in the mysterious film Run This Town and the possibility of a Dear Evan Hansen film adaptation from Universal Pictures, Ben has yet to peak.
Donald Glover is the only artist on this list who is missing two of the four awards needed to EGOT, but it's still pretty likely he'll make it. Donald still needs an Oscar and a Tony, but he really puts the "art" in artist. Would we be surprised if he won an Oscar for the hotly anticipated 2019 Lion King remake? Not even a little. Honestly, Donald could write a prolific musical, and we wouldn't be phased. He has a stroke of genius that puts the EGOT squarely in his sights if he can maintain a career with longevity like his peers on this list.
It's like they say in 22 Jump Street — Jesus died for our Cynthia. Cynthia Erivo's performance in the Broadway production of The Color Purple was nothing short of life-changing, and I don't even mean for her. Like, yes, it is why she won her Tony, Grammy, and Daytime Emmy. But also, Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple hit that high G5 and pierced my very soul. Am I biased? Absolutely. Am I wrong? Absolutely not. Cynthia stars as Harriet Tubman in a biopic about the abolitionist warrior set for a Fall 2019 release alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, and Joe Alwyn, and I can smell the Academy Award nominations from here.
Kate Winslet is more than Rose from Titanic or Leonardo DiCaprio's one true love and soulmate. She won her Oscar eight years after Titanic for The Reader, won a Grammy Award for a spoken word album for children (which, honestly, is the hardest award for most actors to snag if they don't sing), and snagged an Emmy in 2011 for an HBO miniseries called Mildred Pierce. And she's only forty-three. British actresses have a long shelf life (look at all of the Dames: Maggie, Judy, and Helen), so her best acting years are likely ahead of her.
Someone, anyone, give this woman a Tony! Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews is an international treasure whose claim to fame originally was musical theatre, making her narrow misses for the Best Actress Tony in 1957, 1961, and 1996 almost tragic because she really deserves the EGOT and hasn't performed on Broadway since she lost her singing voice in 1997. A surgery for non-cancerous nodules on her throat lead to a permanent change in her singing voice and a malpractice lawsuit that was settled out of court. Julie should win a special Lifetime Achievement Tony of some sort, eventually, and she could still win for a performance in a play.
Cynthia Nixon is a solid "maybe" because she clearly has bigger fish to fry, like becoming the President of the United States or something. The former Sex and the City star and one-time challenger for the governorship of New York has a rich history on the stage and screen, but she is mostly known as the only SATC character that everyone is terrified they'll get associated with in their friend groups. Surprisingly, Cynthia is only missing an Oscar after winning a Grammy for a spoken word album she did with Beau Bridges and Blair Underwood in 2009. So if she ever pivots back to acting, she might give the EGOT a go.
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I've already seen The Cher Show on Broadway twice, and it's amazing, but Cher will only get the Tony Award she needs to complete her EGOT if the show wins for Best Musical at the 2019 Tony Awards because she's only credited as a producer on the show. It's still a little too soon to tell. If she misses out this time, she's been onstage before and is constantly reinventing herself and her career, so it's never completely out of the question. Cher for EGOT 2019!
Cyndi Lauper really embodies the spirit of the EGOT. There are some EGOTs who are really just specialists in a field that can be used across film, television and the theatre, like composing. Then there are others who take every opportunity presented to them and excel. Cyndi is the latter, with a surprising hit in her musical Kinky Boots, one of the longest-running shows to ever be on Broadway, and a guest stint on Mad About You that earned her an Emmy. Getting an Oscar for an original song or a Kinky Boots movie could be in her future. Heck, maybe she'll pull a Cher and just move to acting for a while. A talented icon.
Elton John started life as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and look at him now. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a knight (for charitable work!), a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. What's an Emmy when you already have a Kennedy Center Honor and a Disney Legends Award? Elton is on a roller coaster that only goes up. Now that he's retired from touring at the end of his three-year 2018 farewell tour, he'll need to do something with his free time. Completing his EGOT, perhaps?
Martin Scorsese only needs a Tony to complete his EGOT. He could, realistically, try directing for theatre if he wants to shake it up a little later in life, but unless he's purposefully trying to EGOT, there's not much of a reason for him to take a sabbatical from one of the most impressive careers in filmmaking in American history. NBD. His Grammy was for Best Music Film in 2006, so it doesn't look like he purposefully ventured out of his comfort zone in search of more accolades, shockingly. Until he gets bored of being the best, he'll stay an EGO.
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Imagine Christopher Plummer. Now, imagine Christopher Plummer kindly reading a children's book. That, my friends, is probably the only future in which Christopher will complete his EGOT with a Grammy Award. Sure, he could have a secret talent for lounge singing or sound production, but most likely, any Grammy Awards won by Christopher would have to be for a really bopping audiobook. Odds? Low. But as we've learned here today, anything is possible when you're highly successful and wealthy.
Maggie Smith is only a Grammy Award away from her EGOT. Picturing Maggie excelling at children's audiobooks is much, much more believable than imagining Christopher Plummer, and if she ever read the Harry Potter series for one of the franchise's many anniversaries, she could win every award including Prime Minister of The Universe and the Nobel Peace Prize. Until then, Maggie is busy filming the Downton Abbey movie because icons never rest, even when they're eighty-three years old. Maggie has won the Triple Crown of Acting for competitive Emmys, Oscars, and Tonys, making her one of fifteen women to achieve the honor. That's honestly good enough, right?
This American Horror Story queen is another Triple Crown of Acting winner, who also only has a Grammy standing between her and an EGOT and could probably care less. How many times in this section can I plug audiobooks, everyone? This whole article is just an ad for Audible, surprise! (I'm kidding, we haven't been paid by Audible at all, but we also aren't opposed to the idea). There isn't much more to say here, but we love Jessica and wish her all the best in defeating and/or helping the anti-Christ, Ryan Murphy. I mean, for Ryan Murphy.
John Williams might be the only film composer with die-hard stan, but when you create the scores for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones, I don't think there's much room for any other composers to even exist. What would they work on, Sunday Night Football? Wait, you're telling me John did that too? Well then, everyone else can just give up and go home. Raise your kids! Somehow, John hasn't won a Tony. I'm assuming that if he wanted one, he would have gotten one by now.
Thankfully, people are finally starting to understand that Viola Davis is the most influential person in the world. Or, at least TIME Magazine and Meryl Streep have noticed. Viola needs a Grammy, as she's already won the Triple Crown of Acting and is the first black actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards. She's also the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Viola could do whatever she wants at this point, but if that isn't (say it with me now) ~audiobooks~, we'll have to be content with her simply remaining one of the most prolific entertainers alive.