Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her role in “Ghost” in 1990.

It wasn’t for another 25 years until another person of color was crowned with EGOT status, when Whoopi Goldberg received both an Emmy and a Tony award in 2002. Recently, Goldberg won the Emmy for her role as a host in “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” which profiled the “Gone with the Wind” actress who became the first Black Oscar winner.

Goldberg snagged her first EGOT award in 1990, when she received an Oscar for her role in “Ghost.” The actress, comedian, and TV personality won a Grammy for best comedy album in 1986, and won a second Emmy award in 2009 for outstanding talk show host in “The View.”

Goldberg continues to take on unusual projects recently producing the movie, Til. 

EGOT Award Winners: A Closer Look at Their Most Iconic Roles and Performances

John Legend

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John Legend is a 12 times Grammy award winner and became the 15th EGOT winner and first Black American man to achieve the status in 2018.

Legend won his first Grammy in 2006 for the Best New Artist category, and continued to win 11 more Grammys. The singer and songwriter also won an Oscar for his song Glory in the movie Selma,which chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 2015.

 Recently, he earned his Emmy for his role as executive producer in Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. (He also played Jesus in the performance.)

Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in 2007. In 2022, Jennifer Hudson became the second Black woman to achieve EGOT status. In addition, she has won two Grammy Awards (best R&B album for 2008’s Jennifer Hudson, and best musical theater album for 2016’s The Color Purple), and a Daytime Emmy Award for 2021’s Baba Yaga.

The singer and actress won an Oscar for best supporting actress in Dreamgirls, which also starred Beyoncé, in 2006. In 2022, she won a Tony for co-producing Broadway’s  A Strange Loop, making her the youngest female EGOT winner in history.

And to think she didn’t win American Idol!

Here she is in Dreamgirls singing And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.

EGOT Award Winners: A Closer Look at Their Most Iconic Roles and Performances

Viola Davis

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Viola Davis won a Grammy award for her “Finding Me” audiobook in February 2023, joining an elite group of 17 other entertainers who have achieved EGOT status. Davis is the third Black woman to reach this coveted status.

The actress was one of the many Black performers celebrated at this year’s Grammys, alongside Beyoncé, Questlove, and Dr. Dre. In 2001 and 2010, Davis won Tony awards for her roles in the plays “King Hedley II” and “Fences,” and later won an Oscar for the movie adaptation of “Fences” in 2016. She also won an Emmy for her lead role in “How to Get Away with Murder” in 2015.

If you haven’t seen her recent performance in The Woman King, check it out here.

EGOT Award Winners: A Closer Look at Their Most Iconic Roles and Performances

Ms. Davis’ journey to Broadway is a fascinating one.  If you’d like to teach your students about Ms. Davis, check out my lesson here.