Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

John Legend earns EGOT status with Emmy win

John Legend Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber become EGOT winners with 'Jesus Christ Superstar' John Legend's EGOT Makes Him The Youngest Ever To Win All Four Awards
| 11 September, 2018, 05:28

This makes him the 13th person to ever win at least one of each of the four aforementioned awards, but he's broken two records too.

At last night's Emmy Awards, John took home a gong for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for his role in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, in which he played Jesus Christ.

Legend's speech continued: "I think the projects that we have done to get the EGOT have been huge collaborative efforts".

Wife Chrissy Teigen posted a video of Legend using the bench from his piano to place the Emmy on the top shelf of his trophy wall.

John Legend, 39, became the first black man to join the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) list on September 7.


In case you're wondering what an EGOT is, it stands for Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony and is basically considered the grand slam of modern entertainment awards. Legend is also the first black man to achieve an EGOT in all competitive categories, as there are those secondary EGOT citizens who have honorary awards; nobodies like Babs Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Quincy Jones, James Earl Jones, and Harry Belafonte. So honoured they trusted me to play Jesus Christ.

Legend earned of his EGOT status along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the team behind the original installment of Jesus Christ Superstar.

However, to go so far as to win the EGOT status, that is nearly too much to bear, and he "didn't even know what that was at the time". That year, composer Robert Lopez, 43, completed his EGOT quest.

Other entertainers to have reached EGOT status include Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Audrey Hepburn. On Sunday evening, Legend took to Instagram to acknowledge the historic career milestone.

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