John Legend’s just added some new hardware to his trophy case: an Emmy to accompany his Oscar (2015 Best Original Song “Glory” from Selma), Tony (producing Jitney, winner of 2017’s Best Revival of a Play), and 10 Grammys (countless hit songs).
The singer struck gold at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys, where Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert was named Outstanding Variety Special. Legend — who is also up for an acting Emmy for playing the title role in the NBC production — and fellow producers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber all received Emmys for their work.
The win propelled all three men to the rare and coveted EGOT status, the term used for someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony; prior to Sunday night, only 12 people had achieved the feat. At age 39, he’s the second-youngest artist to become an EGOT winner. Songwriter Robert Lopez became the youngest person to earn EGOT status when he won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2014 for “Let It Go” from Frozen.
What’s more, he’s also the first black man to take home all four trophies. In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg became the first black woman to achieve the entertainment industry’s version of a grand slam. Other notable EGOT winners include Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, and Audrey Hepburn.
No such cry face has surfaced, but the couple did celebrate with a post-awards show feast of Del Taco and “EGOT pancakes” made by Legend himself. (Is he vying for a James Beard Award now?)
Teigen also shared a video of Legend finding a new home for his Emmy — right between two Grammys and near her very own Woman of the Year trophy from the Revolve Awards, which honors fashion and beauty influencers. Still impressive!
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