John Legend was rewarded with an Emmy on Sunday night for his works as a producer on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, He also became the first black man to secure an EGOT. He won the prestigious Variety Special (Live) award.
The EGOT is the entertainment industry’s quadruple crown, which essentially means winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
He is however not the first African American to win the coveted crown; in 2002 Whoopi Goldberg became the first ever black entertainer to win an EGOT. According to media reports, “Goldberg’s first award was a 1985 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording of Whoopi Goldberg—Original Broadway Show Recording. Next came a 1990 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost. In 2002 she got her E and T: an Emmy for hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel and a Tony as co-producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which won Best Musical.”
Legend is ranked as the 15th entertainer in the history of entertainment to secure an EGOT. However what many are applauding is the speed in which he has managed to acquire the four statues.
Legend, who is a producer, singer and composer, won his first three Grammy awards in 2005. And so far, the Billboard reports that he has 10 Grammys under his name. In 2015, the 39 year-old took home an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Glory.” His good fortunes did not end there, in 2017, he won a Tony as a co-producer of Jitney, for Best Revival of a Play.
Legend is only 39 years old, making him the youngest to win an EGOT – this is a distinction that Robert Lopez had when he won an EGOT. Lopez became an EGOT in 2014, after taking home an Oscar for Best Original Song for Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Lopez according to Billboard, “he’s 43 years old now, but had just turned 39 when he was “inducted….beginning with a 2004 Tony Award for Best Score for Avenue Q, followed by two Daytime Emmys in 2008 and 2010 for Outstanding
Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for Wonder Pets. In 2012, Lopez and Rudin shared the Grammy for The Book of Mormon, making them the first pair of EGOTs to have a shared award get them into the circle.”
Legend’s biggest fan, Chrissy Teigen, TV host and cookbook author celebrated his win with a photo of him alongside two EGOT winners – co- producers, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice for Jesus Christ Superstar. Legend and the two became the 13th, 14th, 15th EGOT winners this year. Teigen tweeted a photo of Legend, Webber and Rice holding their new Emmy awards captioning “EGOT GOATS.”
Billboard also reports that, “Legend might add another award to his collection next week, when he could take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
What was more moving about the historic win was a video of Legend putting his Emmy on a shelf next to his other statuettes. He then looks at them as if to reflect and assess his life’s work and achievements.