John Legend is the newest creative to reach the prestigious EGOT status

The 39-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer John Legend achieved the acclaimed “EGOT” status on Sunday after winning an Emmy for scoring variety special for NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert.” Legend played the role of Jesus Christ in NBC’s production of the 1970 concept album-turned-Broadway musical.

Legend, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice became just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, and Legend made history as the first black man to do so. He’s also tied Robert Lopez as the youngest man to do so. There are actually a total of 14 other EGOT recipients, including Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Rodgers, Scott Rudin, and Mel Brooks.

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

Legend, who has 10 Grammys, won a Tony award in 2017 for Best Revival of a Play as a co-producer for the August Wilson’s stage play “Jitney;” and nabbed an Oscar for his original song “Glory” in 2015. Talking about his new achievement he said, “Tonight, it’s about ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the reason we won tonight is that first of all, Andrew and Tim created some beautiful work, and we had the privilege of performing that on television.

Want to tune in for the big night? The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sept. 17.

Adedayo Laketu

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