Alan Menken won a Daytime Emmy on July 26, which makes him the 16th EGOT. He won for composing “Waiting in the Wings” for the Disney Channel series Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. The tune won outstanding original song in a children’s, young adult or animated program. The song, with lyrics by Glenn Slater, was performed in the series Eden Espinosa and Hudson D’Andrea.
Menken is the third of the 16 EGOT winners whose only Emmy is a Daytime Emmy, not a Primetime Emmy, which are higher-profile awards. Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Lopez have also won only Daytime Emmys—two each, in both cases. Goldberg won for co-hosting The View (2009) and hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (2002), about the pioneering performer who was the first African American to receive an Oscar nomination (and an award). Lopez won twice for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for Wonder Pets! (2008 and 2010).
Menken had received an honorary Primetime Emmy in 1990 for his contribution to the academy’s anti-drug special for children, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. He contributed the song “Wonderful Ways to Say No.” But non-competitive awards, while always welcome, don’t count toward official EGOT tallies.
Menken has won 11 Grammys, eight Oscars and a Tony. His first EGOT award was the Oscar. He won two Oscars in 1990 for his music to The Little Mermaid. Grammys came next. He won two awards for The Little Mermaid in 1991. He won his only Tony in 2012 — best original score for Newsies.
Menken was halfway to EGOT status before the death, from AIDS, of his songwriting partner, Howard Ashman, in March 1991.
Menken was born in New York City. Remarkably, six other EGOTS were also born in the five boroughs—Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Goldberg and Lopez. In addition, Scott Rudin was born in nearby Baldwin, N.Y.
Menken is 71. That puts him on the older side of artists upon completing the EGOT. Five artists were even older when they completed the awards sweep — Tim Rice (73), Brooks (74), Helen Hayes (76) and John Gielgud (87).