John Legend is now a prestigious EGOT winner
Legend is now the youngest person to have an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony to his name. He's also the first black male to achieve the prestigious status.
The EGOT is the equivalent of winning the grand slam on the creative arts. The abbreviation stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony - and bagging all four of the highly prestigious awards gives a person EGOT status. The latest person to achieve the commendable feat is R&B and soul sensation John Legend.
During Sunday night's Creative Emmy Awards, Legend won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for his role as a producer on 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert' TV special. With the award, Legend became just the 13th person ever to earn an EGOT and he did so before the age of 40 and within a span of 12 years, which also makes him the youngest person ever to achieve the feat. Legend is also the first black male to achieve the prestigious status, with Whoopi Goldberg being the only Black female to feature on the EGOT list.
As Variety notes, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who won alongside Legend in the same category, also became EGOT winners with the award. Throughout his legendary career, John has won 10 Grammys Awards. In 2015, he earned his first Oscar for Best Original Song for 'Glory', which was featured in the movie 'Selma'. In 2017, he won a Tony for Best Revival of a Play for his role as a co-producer of 'Jitney.'
Legend is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. The winner will be announced during the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17. Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, who recently gave birth to their second child, took to Twitter to celebrate the occasion. "EGOT GOATS,' she captioned the image, that featured Legend, Webber and Rice, all looking very dapper in their bow-tied suits as they pose with their Emmys. Check out her post below.