5 Black EGOT Winners And 7 More Talented Black Actors Who Are Getting Close

    These incredible Black actors have been recognized for being able to do it all.

    It's not every day that anyone reaches the esteemed EGOT status.

    For those who don't know, EGOT winners are the rare group who have had the honor of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award in their career.

    There are only 16 people who have EVER achieved the honor. Of them, only two are Black.

    Whoopi Goldberg was the first Black actor to achieve the honor, after her eventful year in 2002.

    Whoopi Goldberg after winning an Oscar in 1991

    There wouldn't be another Black winner until John Legend secured his EGOT with his 2018 Tony win.

    John Legend holding his Tony Award

    Aside from Goldberg and Legend, there are another three "unofficial" Black EGOTs.

    While these talented artists have reached EGOT status, one of the awards was given in an honorary or non-competitive fashion.

    James Earl Jones secured EGOT status after winning an Honorary Academy Award in 2011.

    James Earl Jones proudly holding his Honorary Academy Award

    Harry Belafonte became an EGOT winner in 2014 after winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars.

    Harry Belafonte accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award onstage during the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards

    Quincy Jones' 2016 Tony win for Best Revival of a Musical for The Color Purple made him an EGOT recipient.

    Quincy Jones at the Kennedy Center in 2016

    Next up, we have the contenders. These people are getting close to calling an EGOT their own.

    Common is just a single Tony Award win away.

    Common celebrating his Oscar win

    Viola Davis can secure the EGOT if she gets a Grammy.

    Viola Davis after winning her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017

    Cynthia Erivo is just an Oscar-winning performance away from her EGOT.

    Cynthia Erivo with award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

    Audra McDonald needs an Oscar to enter EGOT territory.

    Audra McDonald pictured at the 66th Annual Tony Awards in 2012

    Billy Porter also needs an Oscar win to make the EGOT his.

    Billy Porter poses with his award at the 2019 Emmys

    H.E.R is halfway to an EGOT with a Grammy and an Oscar under her belt.

    HER, winner of Best Original Song for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah"

    Lupita Nyong'o is also halfway there.

    Lupita Nyong'o accepting her Oscar in 2014

    What Black talents would you love to see reach EGOT status? Tell us in the comments.

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