Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, Tony.
When Lin-Manuel Miranda takes his seat at the Dolby Theatre on Oscar Sunday, he will yet again be on the verge of reaching a pinnacle of Musical success: EGOT.
Already achieved by John Legend, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Lopez, and Disney Legend Alan Menken, EGOT status is when a musician wins all four major American awards: an Emmy, a GRAMMY, an Oscar, and a Tony. Think of it as a “Grand Slam” of sorts for awards, but while Grand Slams are usually limited to a single campaign, like one Tennis season, the EGOT is a career-encompassing endeavor. It doesn’t matter which project won the award. All that matters is that you cross it off the list.
Lin-Manuel stands literally one Oscar away from reaching that status. As his song “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s Encanto stands nominated for Best Original Song at the 94th Academy Awards, one can’t help but wonder if 2022 will finally be his year.
Let’s take a look back on the other awards Lin-Manuel has won in his EGOT quest.
According to emmys.com, the writer and composer has won two Emmys. The first was in 2014 for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for a song he wrote for the 67th Annual Tony Awards called “Bigger!” The second wouldn’t come until 2021, when his filming of Hamilton for Disney+ won the Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).”
According to grammy.com, Lin-Manuel has won three GRAMMYs. His musical In the Heights was named “Best Musical Show Album” at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Then, at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Hamilton took home the award for “Best Musical Theater Album.” His last GRAMMY was “Best Song Written for Visual Media” for “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana at the 60th GRAMMY awards.
While his musicals like In the Heights and Hamilton earned over a score of Tonys together, Lin-Manuel personally only won three. According to broadwayworld.com, those Tonys were for “Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre” for In the Heights in 2008, then “Best Book of a Musical,” and “Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre” for Hamilton in 2016.
Lin-Manuel also won a Pulitzer for Hamilton.
Still, the Oscar has alluded him. According to Variety, his last Oscar nomination was for Moana’s anthem “How Far I’ll Go,” but it was beat out by La La Land’s “City of Stars.” Only time will tell if Encanto’s song will open the door to the exclusive club or if, like Mirabel, he’ll be going home empty-handed, still waiting on a miracle.
Hamilton, Encanto, and Moana are all available for streaming right now on Disney+.