Disney Composer Alan Menken Is An EGOT!



Best known for his scores and songs on various Disney animated films, Alan Menken has joined rarefied air achieving the ‘EGOT’ after his Daytime Emmy win on Sunday. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater took home ‘Best Original Song in a Children’s, Young Adult or Animated Program‘ with “Waiting in the Wings” from Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures. With his Emmy win, he joined a list of only 16 people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award (E.G.O.T).



Alan Menken has taken part in the creation of some of your favorite Disney movies and has quiet the trophy shelf to prove it; 8 Oscar wins, 11 Grammy awards, 1 Tony and 1 Emmy. If you didn’t know at the time, you certainly learned about the pairing of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from numerous Disney documentaries and they deserved the recognition. Prior to Ashman’s death in 1991, the duo brought to life some of the most notable songs in Disney history including Kiss the Girl, Under The Sea, Beauty and the Beast, Be Our Guest, Belle, A Whole New World and A Friend Like Me.





All Of Alan Menken’s Awards

Emmy

  • 2020 (Daytime Emmy) “Waiting in the Wings” [Tangled: The Series]

Grammy

  • 1991 The Little Mermaid Original Soundtrack
  • 1991 “Under the Sea” [The Little Mermaid]
  • 1993 Beauty and the Beast Original Soundtrack (2x)
  • 1993 “Beauty and the Beast” [Beauty and the Beast]
  • 1994 Aladdin Original Soundtrack (2x)
  • 1994 “A Whole New World” [Aladdin]
  • 1996 “Colors of the Wind” [Pocahontas]
  • 2012 “I See the Light” [Tangled]

Oscar

  • 1989 Best Original Score [Little Mermaid]
  • 1989 Best Original Song – “Under the Sea” [Little Mermaid]
  • 1991 Best Original Score [Beauty and the Beast]
  • 1991 Best Original Song – “Beauty and the Beast” [Beauty and the Beast]
  • 1992 Best Original Score [Aladdin]
  • 1992 Best Original Song – “A Whole New World” [Aladdin]
  • 1995 Best Original Song – “Colors of the Wind” [Pocahontas]

Tony

  • 2012 Best Original Score [Newsies]

With the EGOT in the bag, Alan Menken will just be running up the score from this point on with his recent work including the live-action remake of Aladdin and is slated for at least 4 upcoming films including Spellbound, The Little Mermaid (live-action), Disenchanted, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (live-action). Congrats to him on all of his success!



Alex McKinnon
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