John Legend reached the status worthy of his last name this weekend when he became a member of the elite EGOT club.
The famous singer made history by winning an Emmy for NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. He became the first black man to reach EGOT status after adding an Emmy to his already full trophy shelf.
Legend’s first Grammy victory came in 2006 when he collected awards for Best New Artist, Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. It was just the beginning of his amazing run since he received additional seven awards in the years to come.
Legend had to wait a little bit longer for the rest of his EGOT victories. He accepted Ava DuVernay’s invitation to write a song for her historical drama Selma. This decision transformed him into the winner of Academy Award for Best Original Song, which he won for Glory. Two years later, he received a Tony for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage.
His Emmy victory is special since he shared it with two amazing artists who also reached EGOT status that night. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice both received Oscar, Grammy, and Tony in the past, but Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert brought them their first Emmy victory.
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Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories. Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ Superstar. So happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT