The Tony Awards are planning a special honor for Bruce Springsteen in June for his “once-in-a-life” hit production of Springsteen on Broadway. That’s pretty sweet news for the Boss, but what makes it even cooler is that he’s now one step closer to what might be the most exclusive club in entertainment: the EGOT.
The acronym stands for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” and it represents a grand slam of recognition across all areas of show biz. The term was coined by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas in 1984 (no, Thomas has not achieved it; he just famously identified it as the ultimate goal). Only a dozen entertainers to date can boast the towering honor.
Springsteen’s special Tony will join his 1994 Best Original Song Academy Award for “Streets of Philadelphia.”
As for Grammys, well, any music fan can attest that Springsteen has that category covered, and then some, with a total of 20 over his entire career.
However, if we want to get technical, the “G” for Springsteen could also stand for “Golden Globe.” He has won two of those as well, both for Best Original Song (“Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994 and “The Wrestler” in 2009).
That leaves only an Emmy as Springsteen’s last hurdle. He’s been nominated for one twice, in 2001 (as a producer) and 2009 (as a performer). If he does manage to add an Emmy to his arsenal of awards, he’ll join a list of entertainment peers including Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Right now he’s in a group of just-shorts, along with some fellow musicians such as Cher, Randy Newman, Common, and Burt Bacharach.
If he doesn’t manage to join the EGOT crew, Springsteen still has little to worry about in terms of his legacy. He’s pretty much carved out his own exclusive cache of recognitions, which include membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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