Viola Davis Grammy awards instrumental for achieving EGOT status

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 13: Viola Davis attends Black Love, Inc. Inaugural "Black Love Honors" Brunch Hosted by Niecy Nash-Betts at Hudson Loft on November 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Viola Davis is one award away from achieving the coveted status that many in the entertainment industry have aspired to.

The “How to Get Away With Murder” actress has been one of the many talking points online after being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording.

The said category may be the best way for non-singers to win The Recording Academy’s coveted award.

However, Davis, who is well-liked by both critics and the general public, may have to go through a difficult process to win the Grammy.

Her memoir, “Finding Me,” is in the running for the award, but it will have to beat out other contenders such as Lin Manuel Miranda’s (a GRAMMY favorite) “Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World,” Jamie Foxx’s “Act Like You Got Some Sense,” Questlove’s “Music Is History,” and Mel Brooks’ “All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business.”

If Davis wins, she will become the second person, after Jennifer Hudson, to have won all four entertainment awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, and Tony – or EGOT.

Davis joins Francis McDormand, Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, and Al Pacino as artists who are one Grammy Award away from achieving EGOT status.

Notably, Viola Davis won an Emmy in 2012 for her portrayal of alcoholic defense lawyer Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder,” which earned her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

In terms of her Oscar, she won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences,” a film based on a play she wrote in 2010. She also won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.

If Davis wins the Grammy in February 2023, she will be the third Black woman to have won all four awards, following Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg.

Fans were visibly thrilled with Davis receiving the nomination. A fan posted:

“There’s this particular sense of strength, grace and wisdom, A Leo woman has. She could act like a man but also be a good seducer as a woman, I’m sensing this is as a result of the innate passion in her. Her power and strength comes from passion- sort of births determination.”