John Legend is now an EGOT victor

Danny Woods
September 10, 2018

He won an Oscar in 2015 for his song "Glory" from the movie Selma, and followed that with a Tony in 2017 for producing the Broadway musical Jitney. At age 39, he's the second-youngest artist to become an EGOT victor.

Legend also became the first black man to conquer the EGOT and the youngest victor.

Before Sunday's Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, or EGOT.

The Emmy win for Jesus Christ Superstar also saw Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice reach EGOT status. Winning an Emmy tonight for for best variety special for NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert," the musician now has an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" received 13 Emmy nominations.

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

Chrissy Teigen helped John Legend celebrate his Emmy win. So amazed to be in such rarefied air.

Both Legend and songwriter Robert Lopez, the most recent EGOT victor in 2014, were 39 at the time they won.

Lloyd Webber told The Associated Press that he never considered achieving an EGOT because he's rarely dealt with television, but wanted to credit his old friend and prolific co-producer Craig Zadan, who died this summer, with shepherding the project.

Just 14 other people have achieved EGOT status in history - Whoopi Goldberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mick Nichols, Scott Rudin and Robert Lopez.

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