John Legend Becomes The Youngest Entertainer and First Black Man to Achieve EGOT Status

John Legend is out here living up to his has last name. With his Emmy win last night for NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live, John Legend has officially joined earned the legendary EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner) status.

John Legend Could Be The 13th Entertainer on the EGOT List

Legend is the first Black man and youngest entertainer to become an EGOT.

The star and executive producer of the live musical won the Emmy for the Outstanding Variety Special category. His fellow producers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber also earned Emmys with him making them apart of the EGOT list as well.

Legend begin his EGOT journey at the Grammys in 2006. He won three Grammys at that year’s awards and has won seven since. In 2015 he won an Oscar for “Glory” from Selma. And in 2017, he won a Tony for co-producing Jitney. 

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” penned Legend in a celebratory post on IG. “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 honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT

Congratulations to John Legend on his historic win!

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