- Composer and legend Alan Menken continues his legacy with another accolade, the EGOT, with his Daytime Emmy win for Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.
Menken’s has obtained the accomplishment during Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony for Outstanding Original Song in a Children’s, Young Adult or Animated Program category. He composed the song “Waiting in the Wings” with lyricist Glenn Slater for Disney Channel’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.
“Really proud of everyone who contributed to the Tangled series,” Menken tweeted. “As far as me finally reaching my official EGOT status (Howard Ashman and I did actually get an honorary Emmy back in the ‘80s), what can I say? I’m honored, thrilled and humbled.”
Joining the exclusive list of those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony Award include several iconic names, such as Richard Rodgers, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and John Legend. Julie Andrews, Cher, Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Quincy Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Martin Scorsese are among those with one award away from achieving EGOT status.
Menken is best known for his contribution to Disney animated films and live-action scores and original songs. His works have won him eight Oscars and 11 Grammys from the films that include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. In 2012, Menken became a Tony Award-winner for his best original score for the Broadway musical Newsies.
At the request of Roy E. Disney, Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman wrote the song “Wonderful Ways to Say No” from Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue for the TV Academy’s anti-drug special, and which won the duo an honorary Primetime Emmy award in 1990.
Listen to Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s Emmy Award-winning song below.