Donald Glover: ‘It would be cool to join the EGOT club’


Donald Glover has admitted it would “be cool” to join the prestigious EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) club now that he has won his first Grammy Award.

The multi-talented performer took home the prize for best traditional R&B performance for his song Redbone at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday night (28Jan18).

Glover has already won two Emmy awards for his hit FX series Atlanta, which he writes and stars in, and the wins have put the 34-year-old, who raps under the name Childish Gambino, on track to become the 13th person to join the exclusive EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) club.

According to editors at the New York Daily News, Glover takes a relaxed view to winning the Oscar and Tony award needed to get into the club, which counts Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Brooks among its members.

“(That’s) a little scary. There’s a lot of pressure,” he told the news outlet. “‘Now you got to get an Oscar.’ That’s a lot of work,” he told reporters backstage at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “That’s a lot of work. But I believe in expression, so I think it’d be cool but it’s not what I’m aiming for. But if it happens, it happens.”

Glover, who was nominated for four other awards, including record of the year and album of the year for Awaken, My Love! but lost out to Bruno Mars in both categories, also confirmed his intention to retire his rap alter-ego.

“I stand by that,” he insisted. “I’m really appreciative of this, and I’m still making another project. But I like endings… I think endings are good because they force things to get better.”

The rising star has several big movie projects in the works including a starring role as a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the live-action remake of The Lion King taking on the iconic role of Simba.

At the awards show, Glover performed his song Terrified with nine-year-old J.D. McCrary, who has been cast as young Simba in the upcoming film.