History has been made at the 2023 Grammy Awards because Viola Davis has officially achieved EGOT status. The acclaimed actress took home a Grammy Award for Best Audiobook, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her 2022 memoir, Finding Me.
Davis is the 18th EGOT winner and the third Black woman to achieve this prestigious honor, after Jennifer Hudson in 2022 and Whoopi Goldberg in 2002. Other legends who earned the status includes Rita Moreno, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Audrey Hepburn and more.
The Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress stated her EGOT journey when she received her first Tony Award for best featured actress in a play in King Hedley II in 2001. She snagged her second Tony for best lead actress in a play in the stage production of Fences in 2010.
Davis won her first Academy Award in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress in the film adaptation of Fences in 2014. In her acceptance speech, the four-time Oscar nominee said, “I became an artist, and thank god I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
The Help actress has also scooped up four Emmy Award nominations for her portrayal of defense attorney Annalise Keating in the Shonda Rhimes’ primetime drama How to Get Away with Murder and came home triumphant in 2015 for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. She was also nominated for outstanding guest actress in a drama series in 2018 for a crossover episode between HTGAWM and Scandal.
Davis released her memoir Finding Me in April of 2022. While sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for the Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event, Davis said a “bad existential crisis” which was “exacerbated” by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted her to write the book.
“I think before that time [COVID], what’s happened with me over the last 12, 13 years is the ascension to a level of fame, I think it’s safe to say,” she told Winfrey. “And the feeling that once I hit it, and once I got on top, that somehow my life was going to open up. All of a sudden, it would be some sort of feeling that I have arrived—that I know the meaning of my life.”
She continued, “The only thing I could think to do was to go back to the beginning of my story because I think that once you tell your story over and over again, you start to hear it, and you start to think, ‘Okay, how did I get here?’”
Congratulations to Davis and her epic accomplishment!