Viola Davis’ EGOT will have to wait after Grammy snub for Best Spoken Word Album


Viola Davis will be stuck at EOT a little bit longer. The Oscar, Emmy and Tony champ only needs a Grammy to complete her EGOT, but she failed to get a Best Spoken Word Album nomination on Friday.

Davis was contending with the audio version of her children’s book “Corduroy Takes a Bow,” which was released in September. The five-nominee Best Spoken World Album lineup includes Courtney B. Vance (“Accessory to War”), David Sedaris (“Calypso”), Questlove (“Creative Quest”), Jimmy Carter (“Faith — A Journey for All”) and Tiffany Haddish (“The Last Black Unicorn”).

Had she been nominated, Davis would’ve been in the running to become the 16th person to achieve the awards grand slam. Three people just joined the club in September: John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber, who took home Emmys for “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert.” She would’ve also been the second black woman to complete the EGOT after Whoopi Goldberg, though Goldberg accomplished hers via producing in addition to acting/performing.

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Davis first won the T, when she was named Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2001 for “King Hedley II.” She added a second Tony in 2010, this time for Best Actress in a Play for “Fences.” In 2015, she became the first black Best Drama Actress Emmy winner, prevailing for “How to Get Away with Murder.” And she reprised her “Fences” role in the 2016 film adaption to earn her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Davis is the first black performer, male or female, to win the Triple Crown of Acting.

But Davis is probably not stressing too much over her Grammy snub. Asked about her EGOT potential last year, she told ABC News, “I don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis. Now I say that, but if I go out there and do something and do the spoken word with Kanye West, they’ll say, ‘She didn’t want to get into that. She’s a liar.'”

Don’t worry, Viola. You don’t need to call up ‘Ye to get that G. Jus write and record another Corduroy book. Or just record an audiobook for someone else. Or you could go all in like Bradley Cooper and do a musical film and try to win multiple awards with the same property (Sam Elliott voice not required).

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