Common Wins First Emmy Award, Only A Tony Away From “EGOT” Status
The actor-songwriter-producer, Common, took home his first Emmy Award on Saturday for co-writing “A Letter to the Free” for Ava DuVernay’s 13th documentary.
Chicago’s own Common won his first Emmy Award on Saturday for co-writing the song, “A Letter to the Free,” for Ava DuVernay’s award-winning Netflix documentary, 13th. The win puts the multi-talented performer just a Tony Award shy of the coveted EGOT status.
For those that don’t know that Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, and not everybody in the industry has the honor of such a distinction.
The man whose Black America Again album is still getting airplay here in the OKP offices beat out “Hell No” from Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “We Tapped That Ass” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Last Christmas” from Saturday Night Live, “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad” from Jimmy Kimmel Live and “Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling” from Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special.
Odds were in favor of “A Letter to the Free” taking home the grand prize after Ava’s documentary was also Oscar-nominated. Sharing this win with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins — this Emmy win is a first for the trio and we hope this isn’t the last time we see them take home this honor.