John Legend Becomes First Black Man, Youngest Person Ever To Attain “EGOT” Status

first_imgJohn Legend has amassed 10 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He and Common won a “Best Original Song” Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory”, which was featured in the film Selma. Last year, he took home his Tony Award in the “Best Revival of a Play” category for his work as a co-producer of Jitney.Legend has been on track for entertainment greatness from an early age, beginning to sing with his church choir at the age of four and quickly and consistently accumulating accolades ever since. He started playing the piano at age seven, entered high school at age 12, and graduated as his class salutatorian at age 16. After earning an Ivy League college education from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in earnest, notching a number of notable collaborations and contributing to acclaimed projects by the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and more before releasing his debut album, Get Lifted via Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint in 2004.Congratulations to John Legend (as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice) for your well-earned EGOTs![H/T Billboard] John Legend is just that: a living legend. At Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmys,  the 39-year-old Legend achieved a historic milestone that places him among the most decorated entertainers of all time: the coveted “EGOT.” With his Emmy win, John Legend becomes the first black man to earn an EGOT, as well as the youngest person overall to nab the distinction.For those unaware, “EGOT” is an acronym that represents the most prestigious awards presented in various sections of the entertainment industry—Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Oscar (film), and Tony (Broadway). Last night NBC live teleplay Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert—produced by and starring Legend—earned a Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)”, adding the final jewel to his EGOT crown.Legend’s fellow Jesus Christ Superstar co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also completed their EGOT resumes with the production’s Emmy win last night, making the three men just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people ever to achieve the milestone. Chrissy Teigen, Legend’s wife, tweeted a photo of the three newly minted EGOTs with their awards on the red carpet. Check it out below:last_img

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