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17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT

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One of the most coveted achievements in the world of entertainment is the EGOT. Some talented artists have received it, but what about the stars who are super close to receiving an EGOT? What even is an EGOT?

In case you're confused, EGOT stands for Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony. Getting just one of these awards is a tremendous achievement. Getting all of them is nearly impossible. Only 20 people have received all four awards, but greats like Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks have been awarded accordingly.

The term EGOT was actually coined by Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas in 1984. He even had the letters EGOT engraved in a gold pendant. “Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards,” he famously said. Unfortunately, though, Thomas has never been nominated for any of them.

Quite a few A-listers are close to having an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, much closer than Phillip Thomas, in any case. Their accomplishments should be applauded.

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    Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceWalton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

    What She Has:

    • Oscar for Best Actress for Mary Poppins (1965)
    • Grammy for Best Recording for Children for Mary Poppins (1965), Best Spoken Album for Children (2011), and a Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Emmy for Outstanding Musical Series for The Julie Andrews Hour (1973) and for Outstanding Nonfiction Series for Broadway: The American Musical (2005)
       

    What She Needs: A Tony (which she turned down a nomination for in 1996)

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    Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    What She Has

    • Oscar for Best Actress for The Queen (2007) 
    • Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress (1997, 2000, 2007, 2008)
    • Tony for Best Actress for The Audience (2016)


    What She Needs: A Grammy

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    John Legend is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    John Legend

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Ohio, United States of America

    Obtained EGOT in 2018

    What He Has

    • Oscar for Best Original Song for "Glory" in Selma (2016)
    • Grammy Awards for Best New Artist (2007), Best R&B Album (2007 and 2012), Best R&B Performance (2007 and 2008), Best Pop Performance (2008), Best R&B Song (2012), etc. etc.
    • Tony for Best Revival of a play for co-producing Jitney (2017)
    • Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018)

     

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    What He Has:

    • Tony Awards for Best Original Score for In The Heights (2008) and Hamilton (2016) and Best Book of a Musical for Hamilton
    • Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theater Album for In the Heights and Hamilton
    • Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Bigger!" (2014)
       

    What He Needs: An Oscar

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    Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    What She Has

    • Grammy Awards for Best New Artist (1974), Best Pop Performance for "The Rose" (1981), and Record of the Year for "Wind Beneath My Wings" (1990)
    • Tony for Best Actress for Hello, Dolly! (2017)
    • Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing (1977) and Performance in a Variety Show (1992 and 1997)
       

    What She Needs: An Oscar

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Elton John

    Age: 73

    BirthplacePinner, London, United Kingdom

    What He Has:

    • Oscar for Best Original Song in The Lion King (1995)
    • Grammy for Best Pop Group Performance for "That's What Friends Are For" (1987), Best Instrumental Composition (1992), Best Pop Performance for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (1995) and "Candle in the Wind 1997," and Best Musical Show Album for Aida (2001)
    • Tony for Best Musical Score for Aida (2000)


    What He Needs: An Emmy

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    Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    What She Has:

    • Tony Award for Best Actress (1986) and Lifetime Achievement Award (1977)
    • Grammy for Best Comedy Album for This Is A Recording (1972)
    • Emmy Awards for Best Writing for Lily (1973), The Lily Tomlin Special (1975), The Paul Simon Special (1977), for Outstanding Comedy Program for Lily: Sold Out (1981), and for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for An Apology to Elephants (2013)
       

    What She Needs: An Oscar

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    Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    What She Has

    • Oscar for Best Actress for The Reader (2010)
    • Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for Mildred Pierce (2012)
    • Grammy for Best Spoken Word Children's Album for Listen to the Storyteller (2001)


    What She Needs: A Tony

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    Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceSt. Matthews, South Carolina, United States of America

    What She Has

    • Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Fences (2017)
    • Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in How to Get Away with Murder (2016)
    • Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in King Hedley II (2001) and Best Actress in Fences (2010)


    What She Needs: A Grammy

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    Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceWest Plains, Missouri, United States of America

    What He Has

    • Tony for Best Featured Actor in Bye Bye Birdie (1961)
    • Grammy for Best Children's Album for Mary Poppins (1964)
    • Emmy Awards for The Dick Van Dyke Show (1964-66), Van Dyke and Company (1977), and The Wrong Way Kid (1984)
       

    What He Needs: An Oscar

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    Cher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Cher

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceEl Centro, California, United States of America

    What She Has:

    • Oscar for Best Actress in Moonstruck (1989) 
    • Emmy for Outstanding Special for Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003)
    • Grammy for Best Dance Recording for "Believe" (2000)


    What She Needs: A Tony

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    Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Al Pacino

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    What He Has

    • Oscar for Best Actor for Scent Of A Woman (1993)
    • Tony Awards for Best Supporting Dramatic Actor (1969) and Best Featured Actor (1977)
    • Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actor for Angels in America (2003) and You Don't Know Jack (2010)


    What He Needs: A Grammy

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    Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Ron Howard

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

    What He Has

    • Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (2003)
    • Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series for Arrested Development (2005), Outstanding Miniseries for From the Earth to the Moon (1999), and Oustanding Children's Animated Program for Curious George (2009 and 2011)
    • Grammy for Best Music Film for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2017)
       

    What He Needs: A Tony

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    Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    What He Has

    • Oscar for Best Director for The Departed (2007)
    • Emmy Awards for Directing a Drama Series for Boardwalk Empire (2011), Directing Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special for George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
    • Grammy for Best Long For Music Video for No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
       

    What He Needs: A Tony

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    Cyndi Lauper

    What She Has

    • Grammy for Best New Artist (1985)
    • Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in Mad About You (1995)
    • Tony for writing the music and lyrics for musical Kinky Boots (2013)

    What She Needs: An Oscar

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    Trey Parker & Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT

    What They Have:

    • Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program for South Park (2006, 2008-2010, 2003)
    • Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for The Book of Mormon (2012)
    • Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction, and Best Musical Score for The Book of Mormon (2012)
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    What They Need: An Oscar

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    Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    What He Has:

    • Oscars for Best Original Song in Monsters, Inc. (2003) and in Toy Story 3 (2011)
    • Emmy Awards for Theme Music (2005) and Original Music and Lyrics in Monk (2009)
    • Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Composition in The Natural (1985) and A Bug's Life (2000) and for Best Song Written for a Film (2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011) 


    What He Needs: A Tony

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    Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 17 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    What She Has:

    • Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting in Actress in Sex and the City (2002 and 2004) and Outstanding Guest Actress in Law & Order: SVU (2008)
    • Tony for Best Actress in Rabbit Hole (2006)
    • Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook of An Inconvenient Truth (2009)


    What She Needs: An Oscar

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