The Daily Telegraph
Trust me to have an EGO, says Emmy winner Adele
‘I’m pleased as punch! Thank you Ben Winston for dropping this round to me this afternoon’
ADELE has become one of a handful of people to win an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar, joking: “Trust me to officially have an EGO.”
The singer received an Emmy for Adele: One Night Only, a US television special, which marked the launch of her latest album.
At the same ceremony, Sir Paul Mccartney and Sir Ringo Starr won their first Emmys, for Peter Jackson’s Disney+ documentary series The Beatles: Get Back. Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono also received them.
Sir Paul and Sir Ringo also joined the EGO club. The pair have 27 Grammys between them and shared an Oscar in 1971, when the Beatles won best original song for Let It Be.
A dozen British talents have achieved EGO status, including Kate Winslet, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Elton John.
Adele’s TV special was a mix of songs and an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
She did not attend Saturday’s awards ceremony, where the programme won several accolades including variety special of the year. But she shared photographs of the award taking pride of place on her coffee table after it was delivered to her Los Angeles home by Ben Winston, the show’s producer.
“Bloody hell, I’m pleased as punch!” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you Ben Winston for dropping this round to me this afternoon. Trust me to officially have an EGO.”
The star won an Oscar in 2013 for the theme tune to Skyfall, the James Bond film. She has 15 Grammys, spanning 2009-17, and is expected to collect more next year when her most recent album is eligible for nomination.
The 34-year-old singer has moved one step closer to the most exclusive club of all, reserved for those with EGOTS: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.
Seventeen actors, performers or composers have achieved EGOT status, including four British stars: Sir John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Lord Lloydwebber and Sir Tim Rice.
Adele could join them one day if she fulfils her ambition to appear on Broadway, raising the possibility of winning a Tony. She has spoken of her wish to play Mama Rose in Gypsy, but not until she is 50.