Barack Obama on Track to Achieve EGOT Status: Halfway to Acquiring Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards
Barack Obama has been honored with an Emmy Award in the outstanding narrator category for his contribution to the Netflix documentary series, Our Great National Parks. The five-part series showcases various national parks worldwide and is produced by Higher Ground, the production company founded by Barack and Michelle Obama. Higher Ground was established by the couple following Barack’s departure from office in 2017, and their partnership with Netflix is reportedly valued at a significant sum of money.
Congrats to President Barack Obama who just became the first President to win a competitive Emmy for narrating Our Great National Parks pic.twitter.com/v86JNsyDGD— Netflix (@netflix) September 4, 2022
Barack Obama faced tough competition in the outstanding narrator category at the Emmy Awards. He emerged as the winner, surpassing notable contenders such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War, Sir David Attenborough for The Mating Game, W. Kamau Bell for We Need to Talk About Cosby, and Lupita Nyong’o for Serengeti II. Obama’s narration in Our Great National Parks was recognized for its excellence, highlighting his talent in delivering a compelling narrative.
Barack Obama has won two Grammy awards for reading his books The Audacity of Hope and A Promised Land. This puts him halfway towards achieving an EGOT, which means winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. However, he is not the first president to win an Emmy. Dwight Eisenhower received an Emmy in 1956 for his “appreciation of television.”
Obama did not personally attend the awards ceremony.
Other notable winners at the awards included Adele, who won in the category of outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) for her show One Night Only, and the late Chadwick Boseman, who won for his voice work as the character T’Challa in the Disney+ series What If…?.
The Creative Arts Emmys are held before the Primetime Emmys, and the Primetime Emmys will take place on Monday, September 12 in Los Angeles. The Primetime Emmys will be broadcasted on NBC.