Viola Davis Gets EGOT Status at the 2023 Grammys: ‘I Just EGOT!’
Viola Davis was on a little cloud last night! The actor and producer earned coveted EGOT status after winning the Grammy Award on Feb. 5 for Best Audiobook Recording, Storytelling and Storytelling for his 2022 memoir To find me.
In her acceptance speech, Davis mentioned her youth, telling the audience, “I wrote this book to honor six-year-old Viola. To honor his life, his joy, his trauma, his everything. It has been such a trip.
The actor went on to exclaim, “I’m from EGOT!” garnering applause from the audience.
As she continued, Davis thanked book publisher HarperCollins and loved ones, calling her husband Julius and daughter Genesis “the best chapter yet.”
The actor is one of eighteen people to achieve the honor, which requires winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award – and the third black woman to do so, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg.
Davis has won two Tony Awards; his premiere in 2001 for his performance in King Hedley II and her second in 2010 for her role in Fences. She won an Emmy in 2015 for How to escape murder and an Oscar in 2017 for the film adaptation of Fences.
Hudson honored Davis’ achievement with a sweet tribute on social media.
“Stay online!!!!!!! Viola Davis just became EGOT #18!!! Omg @violadavis You are absolutely everything! Congratulations to a living LEGEND. Time to celebrate,” she wrote.
Most recently, Davis held the lead role in the 2022 action drama The female kingwhich earned him the attention of the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Screen Actor Guild Award.
Watch Davis’ full acceptance speech in the video above.