John Legend Becomes First Black Man To Reach EGOT Status

Tabitha Dunn
September 11, 2018

"Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories", Legend wrote.

John Legend has achieved EGOT status, and he's the youngest person ever to do so.

With that win, Legend joins the elite company of 15 performers including collaborators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who also entered the prestigious EGOT club along with him for the same production.

John won a Tony award in 2017 for Best Revival Of A Play for his producing work on Jitney; while he and Common won the 2015 Oscar for Best Original Song for Glory, from the Selma soundtrack.

Legend thanked his wife, Chrissy Teigen, in his speech whilst Lloyd Webber and Rice remarked that they were amazed the musical was still popular at 48 years, adding that nobody in the United Kingdom bought the musical.

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Before ending the night with a round of "EGOT pancakes", Chrissy Teigen shared a video of her husband finding a place on his trophy shelf for his new hardware - then him looking on with pride at his achievements. He's also the first African-American man to win all four awards.

The Emmy win for Jesus Christ Superstar also saw Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice reach EGOT status.

Others who have achieved this rare honor include Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks.

The EGOT club nearly went from 12 to 17 in one night but Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind "La La Land" and "Dear Evan Hansen", fell short.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, co-hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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