Viola Davis has earned the uncommon and coveted EGOT standing — turning into the third Black girl in historical past to realize the distinction.
On Sunday, Davis, 57, gained her first Grammy for her efficiency of the audiobook for her memoir, “Discovering Me.”
“It has simply been such a journey,” Davis mentioned in accepting the award. “I simply EGOT!”
“EGOT” is the grand slam of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony over a profession. Solely 18 individuals have achieved the standing. Davis is the fourth Black individual, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson.
Davis already has an Oscar, two Tonys and an Emmy.
“Oh, my God,” Davis mentioned Sunday. “I wrote this ebook to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her, to honor her life, her pleasure, her trauma, her all the things.”
Davis gained the Academy Award for greatest supporting actress in 2017 for her position as housewife Rose Maxson in 2016’s “Fences.” She gained an Emmy in 2015 for her position as Annalise Keating in “The best way to Get Away with Homicide,” making her the primary Black girl to win the lead drama actress award. She has two Tony awards, for “King Hedley II” and the Broadway manufacturing of “Fences.”
Reflecting on her profession and Grammy nod in a January interview with the Recording Academy, Davis mentioned reaching EGOT standing could be a “large accomplishment.”
“I believe that everyone needs their life to imply one thing,” she mentioned. “I consider within the Cherokee delivery blessing, which is, ‘Could you reside lengthy sufficient to know why you have been born.’ I do consider that you just actually wanna blow a gap by means of this world in no matter method you’ll be able to.
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