Viola Davis was honored with her first Grammy Award for Best Audiobook, Narration and Storytelling Recording for her autobiography, Finding Me.
In her acceptance speech for the Grammy, Viola Davis gave a tribute to her former self. “I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola,” she said. “To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And, it has just been such a journey – I just EGOT!”
Davis has been achieving extraordinary feats in her career, such as becoming the first Black woman to be given the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In addition, her feat of receiving three Academy Award nominations makes her the first African-American woman to ever achieve this.
By earning this recognition, Davis has been placed amongst the rare seventeen individuals who have achieved the coveted EGOT title.
The title stands for the awards of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, with the fifth Academy Award nomination remaining unattainable for her. Nonetheless, she made it onto the EGOT list by winning the Grammy Award, alongside three other African-Americans – Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, and Jennifer Hudson.
Her success on stage and screen can be credited to her incredible, motivating journey throughout her career. Here are the ten moments that helped shape her journey to achieving the EGOT title.