Disney composer wins Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony to join elusive ‘EGOT’ club

Renowned Disney and Broadway composer Alan Menken has become only the 16th person in history to reach the status of “EGOT” – after winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Menken, who is best known for writing the music for Disney films such as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, sealed his name in the history books after being awarded a Daytime Emmy on Sunday.

The 71-year-old was honoured in the best original song in a children’s, young adult or animated programme category for a song he wrote for Disney Channel’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.

US actor Will Smith (L) and US composer Alan Menken pose on arrival for the European Gala of Aladdin in central London on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Menken pictured with Will Smith at the European premiere of Aladdin

In a message to his Twitter followers after his win, Menken said: “Really proud of everyone who contributed to the TANGLED series.

“As far as me finally reaching my official EGOT status (Howard Ashman and I did actually get an honorary Emmy back in the ’80s), what can I say? I’m honoured, thrilled and humbled.”

Menken joins names such as Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the elusive list of people who have won all four major awards in US entertainment.

During his career, Menken has won eight Oscars and 11 Grammy awards for songs written for Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, Pocahontas and The Little Mermaid, and picked up a Tony Award, which honours musical theatre in the US, for his music in Newsies.

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It took 31 years since winning his first award in 1989 to achieve EGOT status.

The term EGOT was first used by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas in 1984 when he expressed his desire to win all four of the awards within five years after the show brought him instant fame.

Here is the full list of people who have achieved EGOT status:

  • Richard Rodgers
  • Helen Hayes
  • Rita Moreno
  • John Gielgud
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Jonathan Tunick
  • Mel Brooks
  • Mike Nichols
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Scott Rudin
  • Robert Lopez
  • John Legend
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Tim Rice
  • Alan Menken

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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