The elusive EGOT is a rare feat when an entertainer has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. The feat is so rare that most performers rarely complete the quartet of prestigious awards, much less all from competitive categories.
During Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys, John Legend (alongside Sir Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) won the Emmy for their work on NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live. The Emmy win made the iconic trio all members of the exclusive EGOT club.
The 39-year-old singing, well, legend previously won 10 Grammy Awards, an Oscar Award for his song “Glory” in Selma, and a Tony Award for Jitney in which he was a co-producer. By the time he collected his Tony, the Internet was abuzz that Legend had one more to go before claiming EGOT status. And then came his portrayal of Jesus Christ in the live NBC production, and did anyone have any doubts he would get the Emmy nod?
The actor is also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the role, a category that will be announced during the primetime show on NBC Sept. 17.
Legend’s Emmy win makes him the youngest EGOT winner in all four competitive categories. As his wife—the ever hilarious and supportive Chrissy Teigen—pointed out, while icon Barbra Streisand was a young EGOT winner herself, not all her awards were from competitive categories.
Teigen also shared her pride and congratulations for the three “EGOT GOATS,” she posted on social media.
Before the awards, only 12 people had won an EGOT in competitive categories, Legend shared on Instagram. Lloyd Webber and Rice also officially reached EGOT status with the completion of the Emmy win. Lloyd Webber and Rice won an Oscar in 1996 for Evita, as well as multiple Grammy and Tony Awards.
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