What Are EGOT Awards, and Who Has Won Them?

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Can you name at least one Hollywood star who has won an EGOT? There are quite a few of them, and they have all blessed us with their incredible performances. It’s only for a select few, though. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Are EGOT Awards?

If you haven’t heard of EGOT, it stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. You need at least one of each to qualify, and it’s not an easy feat.

The term was coined by actor Philip Michael Thomas in 1984 when he expressed his wish to win all the awards in the next five years. The first person to achieve this success was composer Richard Rodgers. Here are some other stars who have also made it to the list.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis became an official EGOT owner when she won her Grammy in 2023. She has an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Fences, an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder, and Tonys for King Hedley II and another for Fences.

Jennifer Hudson

We all know how incredible of a singer she is, but she’s also an outstanding actress. Hudson got her EGOT in 2022 after winning a Tony for A Strange Loop. The rest of her awards include an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls, two Grammys for her 2009 R&B album and The Color Purple Broadway cast recording, and an Emmy for her executive producer role on Baby Yaga.

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It’s quite the collection, and a heck of a thing to brag about. Well done!

Alan Menken

Alan Menken is a big earner, having won two Oscars, three Grammys, a Tony for Newsies, and an Emmy for outstanding original song in a children’s, young adult, or animated program for Tangled: The Series.

No need to get greedy, Mr Menken.

John Legend

John Legend has an Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Of course, we don’t need to mention the numerous Grammys he has won, but he also has an Oscar for his song Glory featured in the movie Selma. In 2017, he won a Tony for co-producing Jitney.

Legend by name, Legend by EGOT-reputation.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg had her EGOT success in 2022 when she finally won a Tony for Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also won home a Daytime Emmy that same year.

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Goldberg won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1990’s Ghost.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was honored with an EGOT in 1994 after winning a Grammy for her album Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales.

Hepburn was so successful throughout her career that she has her own personal Wikipedia page dedicated to her wins throughout the years!

Quincy Jones

The legendary producer who worked on Michael Jackon’s Thriller and Bad albums won numerous Grammys years ago, including his Emmy in 1977 and Oscar in 1994 for his outstanding achievements. In 2016, Jones completed his collection with a Tony Award.

The Pull-Up Exercise Can Be Done by Anyone Through Training

Pull-ups present two challenges that many individuals encounter. Firstly, they serve as a common fitness benchmark, and secondly, performing a single pull-up requires substantial upper-body strength, making it a demanding exercise for beginners. However, mastering pull-ups is not an impossible task, and one doesn’t necessarily need a gym membership to achieve this feat.

A Single Pull-Up Is a Challenge

The Pull-Up Exercise Can Be Done By Anyone Through Training
A Single Pull-Up Is a Challenge

With a pull-up bar and unwavering determination, individuals can progressively build the necessary strength to lift their own body weight. Despite spending months focusing on exercises like lat pull-downs and rows, individuals often discover that they still struggle to perform a pull-up. While these exercises target the major muscles of the upper back, pull-ups require additional elements such as grip and core strength, as well as scapular control. Even assisted pull-ups do not fully replicate the full-body engagement demanded by regular pull-ups.

To successfully execute a pull-up, it is crucial to break down the full movement into manageable components. By developing strength in each part of the exercise, individuals can gradually assemble the pieces and achieve a complete pull-up.

Begin by enhancing grip strength through basic bar hangs. Hang from the pull-up bar with arms fully extended, ensuring that the knuckles closest to the wrists point toward the ceiling. This hand position engages the hands and forearms, mimicking the grip required during pull-ups. Aim for three sets of hangs until reaching failure, with one minute of rest between sets. Repeat this exercise two to three times per week.

A Build-Up to Pull-Ups

A Build-Up to Pull-Ups

Next, incorporate assistance from bands or a partner. Band pull-ups involve using extra-strong resistance bands looped around the bar. Place a knee or foot inside the hanging loop, assume a standard pull-up grip, and perform the exercise, utilizing the band’s elasticity for assistance. Partner pull-ups are a viable alternative if a workout partner is available. The partner can lightly support the legs or hips to provide an extra push during challenging points in the movement. Perform three sets of either band or partner pull-ups until reaching failure. Complete as many reps as possible in each set, even if only able to perform singles. Rest for one minute between sets.

To further develop pull-up strength, incorporate negative pull-ups. This variation focuses on the lengthening, or eccentric, phase of the exercise. Stand on a chair and position yourself at the top of the pull-up bar, gripping it with your hands and having your chin above it. Lift your feet from the chair and, in a controlled manner, extend your arms to lower yourself to the bottom position of the pull-up. Aim to perform three to five sets of three to five slow negatives, with each negative taking at least five seconds to complete.

Bringing it All Together

Bringing it All Together

Finally, experiment with different grip positions, starting with a neutral grip where the palms face each other. This grip position offers increased strength and is gentler on the shoulders. Overcoming the initial lift of the feet from the ground is often the most challenging aspect. Individuals should strive to surpass this sticking point for a few seconds. If unable to complete the pull-up unassisted, relax and try again, this time adding a small hop to surpass the initial hurdle. Perform as much of the pull-up as possible, then slowly lower yourself in a controlled, negative-like motion.

By consistently following these steps, significant improvements can be expected within a few weeks to a few months. Once individuals can perform a single, full pull-up, they should gradually work towards completing at least three sets of five or more repetitions.