10 Stars Who Just Need an Emmy to EGOT, From Elton John to Stephen Sondheim (Photos)

A select group of entertainers can round out their trophy cases with a competitive win from the Television Academy

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The EGOT — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is among the greatest and most elusive honors in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

Elton John, composer and musician (1947-)  Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, “That’s What Friends Are For” (1986); Best Instrumental Composition, “Basque” (1991); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (1994); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, “Candle in the Wind” (1997); Best Show Album, “Aida” (2000)  Oscar: Best Original Son, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King” (1994)  Tony: Best Score, “Aida” (2000)  

Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist (1930-)  Grammy: Best Show Album, “Company” (1970); Best Show Album, “A Little Night Music” (1973); Song of the Year, “Send in the Clowns” (1975); Best Show Album, “Sweeney Todd” (1979); Best Show Album, “Sunday in the Park With George” (1984); Best Cast Show Album, “Into the Woods” (1988); Best Show Album, “Passion” (1994); Oscar: Best Original Song, “Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from “Dick Tracy” (1990)  Tony: Best Musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” (1963); Best Score and Best Lyrics, “Company” (1971); Best Score, “Follies” (1972); Best Score, “A Little Night Music” (1973); Best Score, “Sweeney Todd” (1979); Best Score, “Into the Woods” (1988); Best Score, “Passion” (1994)

Joel Grey, actor (1932 – )  Grammy (2): Best Musical Theater Album, “Cabaret” (1968) and “Chicago” (1998) Oscar: Supporting Actor, “Cabaret” (1972) Tony: Featured Actor in a Musical, “Cabaret” (1967) 

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers (both 1985 – )  Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album, “Dear Evan Hansen” (2018)  Oscar: Best Original Song, “La La Land” (2017)  Tony: Best Original Score, “Dear Evan Hansen” (2017)

Henry Fonda, actor (1905-82)  Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album, “Great Documents” (1977)  Oscar: Best Actor, “On Golden Pond” (1981)  Tony: Best Actor, “Mister Roberts” (1948); Best Actor, “Clarence Darrow” (1975)

Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist and producer (1895-1960)  Grammy: Best Original Cast Album, “The Sound of Music” (1960)  Oscar: Best Original Song, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from “Lady Be Good” (1941); “It Might As Well Be Spring” from “State Fair” (1945)  Tony: Three awards for “South Pacific” (1950); Best Musical, “The King and I” (1952); Best Musical, “The Sound of Music” (1960)

Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist and writer (1918-86)  Grammy: Best Original Cast Album, “On a Clear Day” (1965)  Oscar: Best Original Screenplay, “An American in Paris” (1951); Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song, “Gigi” (1958)Tony: Best Musical, “My Fair Lady” (1957); Best Original Score, “Gigi” (1974)

Frank Loesser, composer (1910-69)Grammy: Best Cast Album, “How to Succeed…” (1961)  Oscar: Best Song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from “Neptune’s Daughter” (1949)  Tony: Best Musical, “Guys and Dolls” (1951); Best Musical, “How to Succeed…” (1962)

Jule Styne, composer and songwriter (1905-94)  Grammy: Best Cast Album, “Funny Girl” (1964)  Oscar: Best Song, “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954)  Tony: Best Musical and Best Score, “Hallelujah Baby” (1968) 
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