Alan Menken Achieves EGOT Status With Daytime Emmy Winning

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He won the award for best original song for a track from “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” alongside lyricist Glenn Slater on Sunday night.

On Sunday, composer Alan Menken became the 16th person to achieve EGOT status.

He joins the small group of artists who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

At Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards (focused on kids, lifestyle and animated programming), Menken won the award for Best Original Song in a Kids, Young Adult, or Animated Program for the Disney Channel. The Tangled Adventure of Rapunzel. He composed the song “Waiting in the Wings”, sharing the Daytime Emmy with lyricist Glenn Slater. The song was performed in the series by Eden Espinosa and Hudson D’Andrea.

This isn’t Menken’s first Emmy, but it’s his first competitive Emmy. He received an honorary Primetime Emmy in 1990 for his work on “Wonderful Ways to Say No” by Cartoon All-Stars to the rescue, an anti-drug special produced by the television academy.

Menken also won eight Oscars, with those victories coming for songs and sheet music by The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. He also won 11 Grammys, for his work on the aforementioned films. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for Best Original Score for News.

Previous EGOT winners are Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg and, most recently, John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. See the full list here. (And check out a list of those priced at an EGOT here.)

In the category Menken won on Sunday night, Disney topped the nominees. The other four nominees were songs from the Disney Channel Big Hero 6: La série et Disney Junior Elena of Avalor, the lion guard and Vampirina.

This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were presented on June 26 in select categories during a ceremony broadcast on CBS. The remaining categories were split between online ceremonies broadcast July 19 (digital) and July 26 (kids, lifestyle and entertainment).



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