Lin-Manuel Miranda Is One Win Away From Joining This Exclusive Club

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a huge star of the music industry. As Biography reports, he seemed to have been born for show business success: His parents are huge fans of musicals ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown" being his father's show of choice), and he embraced piano classes from a very young age. He grew up in New York City, dreams of Broadway growing inside him. It was "Hamilton" that really catapulted him into the limelight, a musical he created to express his interest in Alexander Hamilton (having read a book about him while on a vacation, per Biography).

As his official website states, "Hamilton" and "In The Heights" are the current jewels of an impressive career, in which he has received accolades such as the MacArthur Foundation Award (2015) and Kennedy Center Honors (2018). One huge industry prize eludes him for now, though: the so-called EGOT status.

Variety explains that EGOT stands for the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, which could be considered the 'big four' of the industry. Those that have won all four trophies are deemed to have achieved EGOT status. Miranda isn't there quite yet, but with three out of four awards won and a nomination for the last, he's tantalizingly close.

Lin-Manuel Miranda just has an Oscar win to go

As the official website for the Emmys states, Miranda won a Tony award in 2014 for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, for his lyrics for "Bigger." At the 2021 Emmys, he added the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) Emmy for "Hamilton" to his collection. The wonderful "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's "Moana" won the Grammy for Best Song Written For Visual Media, per CBSNewYork, and he has two Emmys, three Grammys and three Tony awards in total. In short, he's only currently missing the O of his EGOT, but that Oscar could be on its way for him very soon.

Per Variety, Miranda has a 2022 Oscar nomination for Best Original Song: "Dos Oruguitas" from "Encanto." Should this wonderful earworm win in the category, Miranda will become a proud member of the very exclusive EGOT club. Very, very exclusive.

According to Biography, only 16 people have ever won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The first was Richard Rodgers, who achieved the feat in 1962. Rodgers was followed by a clutch of industry icons including Audrey Hepburn (1994), Mel Brooks (2001), Whoopi Goldberg (2002) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (2018). If all goes well for the "Hamilton" icon, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be the next name to grace the list.