MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 12

EGOT

To win an EGOT , also known as GATE, is a significant achievement. An EGOT is a performer who wins a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. There’s not many African-Americans to have reached that peak, intact there are only two: Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

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Whoopi Goldberg first received a Grammy in 1985  Five years later she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost. She has two Daytime Emmys, 2002/2009, and she received a Tony in 2002 as a producer of Throughly Modern Millie. She completed these achievements over the span of 17 years tying her for second to be the fastest to do so.

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James Earl Jones was put in a different category along with Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli, being that one of his wins was non competitive; it was a honorary award. To complete Jones’ EGOT he won a Tony in 1969, a Grammy in 1977, an Emmy in 1991, and was honored by the Academy in 2011. It has taken James 42 years to complete the EGOT making him the oldest in his category to complete it and the second oldest overall behind Helen Hayes.

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