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John Legend Becomes First Black Man to Achieve EGOT Status— Winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, & Tony Award

The musician won an Emmy for his role in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” making him the youngest person ever and the first black man to achieve EGOT status.

John Legend achieved the coveted EGOT status Sunday night at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys when he won an award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. This makes the 39-year-old musician both the youngest ever and the first black man to achieve EGOT status.

Legend, who was an executive producer for the show, alongside composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyricist Tim Rice all achieved EGOT status that night for producing the live show.  They became the 13th, 14th, and 15th people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

Along with this Emmy, Legend has won 10 Grammys throughout his career, a Tony for co-producing the 2017 revival of play Jitney, an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2015 for writing the song “Glory” from the film Selma.

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This moment marks the first time that more than two people have achieved an EGOT in a single calendar year.

According to Variety, backstage after winning the award, Legend said, “When I got into the music business it was a dream of mine to win Grammys and have plenty of success as a musician and sell lots of records and tour around the world as a performer, but I never had a dream of winning an EGOT, I didn’t even know what that was at the time.”

Previous EGOT winners include Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Robert Lopez, Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin and Mel Brooks.

Actress Viola Davis is a Grammy away from earning the EGOT status. Can someone give her an audio book to record already?

 

Ivie Ani

Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani

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