John Legend has made history by becoming the first black man to reach EGOT status after his Emmy win on Sunday night.
“EGOT” stands for the big four awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
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The 39-year old has joined the select group of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony – considered the holy grail of performance awards.
The singer-actor won an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for producing the best variety special winner, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
At 39, Legend is one of the youngest EGOT winners and also became the first African-American man to snag that honor.
“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” Legend wrote on Instagram.
“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 honoured they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air,” he added.
American musical songwriter Robert Lopez also received EGOT status, weeks after his 39th birthday in March 2014. Legend turns 40 in December, meaning Lopez is still the youngest winner.
Thus far, Legend has 10 Grammys to his name, an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Glory” (2015) and a co-producing Tony for Best Revival of a Play for the Broadway show “Jitney” (2017).
He joins the ranks of Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg, who is the first black woman to join the EGOT club.
John Legend’s wife, model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen, celebrated with a photo of her kissing Legend and a video of the performer putting his latest trophy on the top shelf of a display of awards.
She also posted a video on Twitter of Legend cooking “EGOT pancakes.”