There is a certain kind of earth-shaking awe that only Beyoncé could ever inspire. Critics respect her. Royals adore her. Twitter users revere her. (One Internet inhabitant even spent five hours simulating a Being Beyoncé's Assistant for the Day game in the form of a Twitter thread, which—as anything associated with Beyoncé does—went viral.)
The epicenter of the earthquake that is Beyoncémania lies in her inimitable reputation and work ethic, beginning when she was just a teenage starlet in Destiny’s Child to her current 23 Grammy wins. Now, with the possibility of an EGOT on the rise for the 37-year-old singer-songwriter, you can expect more rumblings in Queen Bey Nation.
Being an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards) winner is a prestigious honor for anyone who works in the entertainment industry, especially given that only 15 people hold that title. Her chances are shaping up with her recent role as Nala in Disney's 2019 remake of The Lion King, in which Beyoncé played a role in contributing original music to the iconic animated musical. Her work on one of the movie's original songs, "Spirit," even received a Golden Globe nomination, indicating that an Oscar grab may yet be on the horizon for her.
Here’s how Beyoncé's odds look so far.
The singer's acclaimed Netflix special, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which chronicled the inner workings of her 2018 Coachella headliner performance received six nominations, but lost in every category. Beyoncé herself was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Writing or a Variety Special, and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).
She was also previously nominated for her visual album Lemonade in 2016 and for her HBO special On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2015.
Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Beyoncé has accrued 23 Grammy Awards and 66 Grammy nominations. She won her first Grammy for the sad-girl anthem of the year 2000, “Say My Name,” in the categories Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. Nearly two decades and some accolades later, Beyoncé won her most recent Grammy for Everything Is Love, a collaboration with her husband Jay-Z, in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category.
Below is a full list of her Grammy grabs:
“Say My Name” for Best R&B Song in 2000
“Say My Name” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2000
“Survivor” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2001
“Crazy in Love” for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2003
Dangerously in Love for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2003
“Crazy in Love” for Best R&B Song in 2003
“The Closer I Get to You” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2003
“Dangerously in Love 2” for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2003
“So Amazing” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2005
B’Day for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2006
I Am… Sasha Fierce for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2009
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” for Best R&B Song in 2009
“At Last” for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance in 2009
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2009
“Halo” for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” for Song of the Year in 2009
“Love on Top” for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2012
Beyoncé for Best Surround Sound Album in 2014
“Drunk in Love” for Best R&B Song in 2014
“Drunk in Love” for Best R&B Performance in 2014
“Formation” for Best Music Video in 2016
Lemonade for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2016
Everything Is Love for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2019
Although Beyoncé has yet to receive an Oscar win or nomination, we anticipate that her song “Spirit,” featured on The Lion King soundtrack, will be up for an Academy Award.
She once came close to an Oscar nomination for the 2006 film Dreamgirls, in which she starred as Deena Jones and co-wrote the original song, “Listen,” along with Henry Krieger, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler. However, according to the Academy’s rules, “No more than two statuettes will normally be given in the Original Song category. A third statuette may be awarded when there are three essentially equal contributors to a song.” As a result, Krieger, Preven, and Cutler were nominated for the song while Beyoncé was left out.
Still, she ended up receiving Golden Globe nominations for her work in Dreamgirls, namely in the categories for Best Original Song and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.
The Tonys, which recognizes Broadway productions, are another awards category that Beyoncé has yet to skim the surface of. But, knowing her glass-ceiling-shattering capabilities, a Beyoncé Tony acceptance speech may yet still be in our midst.
From Harper's Bazaar U.S