John Legend Achieves EGOT Status

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2018

The Creative Emmy Awards were held this week, and Legend managed to snag the award for 'Outstanding Variety Special (Live)' for his production role on Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.

Legend is the first African-American man to become an EGOT - the acronym used for an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, and Tony victor - according to Buzzfeed.

EGOT is an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscars and Tony awards. The Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie will be awarded at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on September 17.


John is the second fastest to complete the feat, doing so in 12 years - just two years' shy of composer Robert Lopez's record.

Remarkably, Jesus Christ Superstar minted three EGOT winners Sunday night. He won an Oscar for a song with Common.

In case you're wondering what an EGOT is, it stands for Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony and is basically considered the grand slam of modern entertainment awards.


'So happy to be part of this team.

But the celebration may continue as Legend, 39, who played Jesus in the musical, is also up for another trophy for outstanding actor in a limited series or movie at the Primetime Emmys next week. So amazed to be in such rarefied air.

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


So, now that Legend, Rice and Lloyd Webber now EGOT status, does that mean they also get a diamond-encrusted chain?

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