After tonight Viola Davis has become the third black woman ever to have all four prestigious awards to her name.
A Night At The Grammys
Earlier this afternoon, the 65th annual Grammy awards kicked off. Some standout winners so far include Beyonce, Steve Lacy, and Tems.
However, no one’s star is shining brighter tonight than Viola Davis. Viola had a jam-packed 2022, including the critically acclaimed “The Woman King,” “The First Lady,” and “Black Adam,” just to name a few. Now she can start 2023 off with a massive, career-changing feat.
The 57-year-old actress took home her first Grammy tonight for her audiobook memoir “Finding Me.”
During her emotional speech, Davis acknowledged her outstanding achievement with all the excitement it deserves. The audiobook earned her an award for the best audiobook, narration, and storytelling recording. Davis was one of two black women who made history tonight, with Beyonce becoming the most-awarded artist in Grammy history.
“It has just been such a journey,” she said onstage. “I just EGOT!”
Viola Davis has achieved EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) status. "It has been such a journey, I just EGOT!" pic.twitter.com/YYj4MMJvRg
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 5, 2023
A Big EGOT
An ‘EGOT’ refers to an entertainer that’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. It’s considered one of the highest-regarded accomplishments a celeb can receive. Viola Davis is a part of history tonight, becoming the third black woman to gain EGOT status behind Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson. It’s certainly a rare bragging right, with only 18 actors in that category. Before tonight, the “Suicide Squad” actress already had two Tonys, an Emmy, and an Oscar. She earned those honors for the stage production of “Fences,” “King Hedley II,” ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” and the film “Fences,” respectively.
“I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, her everything,” Viola also said upon receiving her Grammy.
Coincidentally, Davis just recently spoke on her desire for the EGOT label during an interview with the recording academy last month.
“A lot of people haven’t found that thing that they’re passionate about, that they can do. Some have,” Davis said. “But we all are looking for that, blowing a hole through this earth before we leave it. I think about that in my work a lot. I really found that thing that I love to do. So I always wanna make it meaningful.”
Written by Dreema Carrington