At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, singer-songwriter John Legend won an Emmy Award—along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice—for coproducing the Best Live Variety Special winner, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The win for Legend made history: In addition to being one of the youngest EGOT winners in history—EGOT meaning a winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—Legend is also the first African-American man to earn this honor. Legend’s past wins include an Oscar for “Glory,” the song he cowrote with Common and Rhymefest for the film Selma, as well as a Tony for his producing work on the Broadway show Jitney. He has won 10 Grammys in total. Following his win last night, Legend took to Instagram to celebrate. “Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in competitive categories,” he wrote, posting a red carpet photo standing alongside Lloyd Webber and Rice. “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.” Legend is now only one of 15 people in history to receive an EGOT, joining the ranks of stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rita Moreno.

John Legend Becomes First Black Man To Reach EGOT Status


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