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With Her Recent Grammy Nomination, Viola Davis Is Poised to Join the Exclusive EGOT Club

While The Woman King might be actress Viola Davis’ splashiest project of the year, her recent Grammy nomination is set to potentially propel her to the storied (and exclusive) EGOT club. For those who need to brush up on their entertainment acronyms, EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Only 17 individuals have ever claimed EGOT status (by winning all four awards)—will Davis be the 18th?

The Grammy nomination comes in the category of Best Audio Book, Narration and Storytelling Recording, for Davis’ memoir, Finding Me. Published in April of this year, the book has already been touted as a pick for Oprah’s Book Club, a Harper’s Bazaar Best Book of 2022 and Parade and Marie Claire Most Anticipated Book, just to get started.

“This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond,” Davis writes. “This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see me.”

In the Grammys audiobook narration category, the actress is up against EGOT winner Mel Brooks (All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business), fellow EGOT contender Lin-Manuel Miranda (Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, though Miranada needs an Oscar), Jamie Foxx (Act Like You Got Some Sense), and Questlove (Music Is History).

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Should Davis take home the coveted award, it would make her the third Black woman (joining Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson) to be an EGOT winner. But no matter the results, she still has an incredible list of accomplishments in her own right. Davis already has the Triple Crown of Acting (Emmy, Oscar, Tony) and was the first Black actor to make the sweep. This included an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How To Get Away With Murder, two Tony awards (King Hedley II and Fences on Broadway) and an Oscar for Fences opposite Denzel Washington, which sealed her Triple Crown.

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"What keeps me in the business is hope," said Davis at the 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood Event. "And that's the hope that women of color are also a part of the narrative, that our stories are just as potent, because we also have the power of transformation. We also have the power to be quirky, and sexy, and different, funny, heartfelt and all of those things."

The 65th Grammy Awards will take place on February 5, 2023 and air on CBS.

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