John Legend becomes first black man to earn EGOT status

John Legend

At the age of 39, the All Of Me singer has become the youngest ever person to achieve EGOT status - as well as being the first black man to do so.

The singer and actor won an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, for producing the best variety special victor, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert".

An EGOT is someone with all four of the main entertainment awards in America, managing to scoop an Emmy (television), a Grammy (music), an Oscar (film) and a Tony (theatre).

Earlier in the night, the Lip Sync Battle host foreshadowed how she would look if Jesus Christ Superstar emerged victorious.

John Legend must be on cloud nine because as of right now, he is part of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club.

Andrew Lloyd Webber John Legend and Tim Rice
Andrew Lloyd Webber John Legend and Tim Rice

Legend thanked his wife, Chrissy Teigen, in his speech whilst Lloyd Webber and Rice remarked that they were amazed the musical was still popular at 48 years, adding that nobody in the United Kingdom bought the musical.

The singer took home an Emmy from Sunday's Creative Arts ceremony for his producer role on NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar", which won live variety special.

"Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories", Legend captioned an Instagram photo with Webber and Rice.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who won alongside Legend in the same category, also became EGOT winners with the award.

Two other songwriters were also one Emmy away from the EGOT on Sunday - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose song "In the Market for a Miracle" appeared in "A Christmas Story Live!" The Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie will be awarded at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on September 17.

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