John Legend makes history as first African-American EGOT victor

John Legend makes history as first African-American EGOT victor

Chrissy Teigen is gonna have to move her Revolve Award, because John Legend is officially a showbiz superstar. Composer and theatre living legend Andrew Lloyd Webber received an Emmy, as did lyricist Tim Rice.

Legend's speech continued: "I think the projects that we have done to get the EGOT have been huge collaborative efforts".

The Ordinary People singer was particularly pleased he won at the Emmys because his wife Chrissy Teigen - the mother of his kids Luna, two, and Miles, three months - had rearranged her work schedule in order to join him at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre.

Legend also made history as the first black man to win the four awards.

The trio became the 13th, 14th and 15th performers to have won throughout their career an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Legend's meteoric career netted a Tony Award a year ago for co-producing the August Wilson revival Jitney.




Legend, Rice and Lloyd Webber were the first new members of the EGOT club since 2014.

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. At 39, he is the youngest person to ever do so and he is also the first black man to do it as well.

However, to go so far as to win the EGOT status, that is nearly too much to bear, and he "didn't even know what that was at the time".

"Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories", the caption on a photo of Legend, Webber and Rice on Instagram read.

The trio joins an elite group of EGOT winners that includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. In addition to this, he was named a Grammy legend in 2010.

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