Viola Davis Becomes One Of Only 18 EGOTs With Grammy Award Win For Her Audiobook

The 65th Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 5, 2023. One of the many exciting occurrences at this star-studded event was actor Viola Davis winning an award for the audiobook of her memoir, Finding Me. This made her one of only 18 EGOTS, an elite club of creatives who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.
Fellow EGOTS include Jennifer Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, and Alan Menken. Viola was nominated against some stiff competition to get the honor. Also nominated in her category were Jamie Foxx, Mel Brooks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Questlove.

Viola was ecstatic to win her Grammy and become an EGOT. "Oh my God! I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And it has just been such a journey. I just EGOT," she declared in her acceptance speech.

She made sure to thank "everybody who was a part of my story, and the best chapter yet, my loves [daughter Genesis and husband Julius Tennon]. You are my life and my joy, the best chapter in my book. Thank you!"

Viola won her first Tony Award for her performance as Tonya in the Broadway play King Hedley II in 2001. She won another Tony in 2010 for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in August Wilson's play Fences. The same role also got her an Oscar in 2017 for the film adaptation. In 2015, Viola won an Emmy Award for the role of Annalise Keating in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder. She was the first African American actor to win the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

To learn more about Viola's historic EGOT win, watch this video.

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