Internationally renowned singer and songwriter, John Legend has become one of the latest stars to win the entertainment industry’s biggest four awards.
If you are wondering what this means, the 39- year old singer has joined Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be presented with an Emmy for NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert,” with Legend as producer and Lloyd Webber and Rice as the composer and lyricist of the original 1970 musical. They became just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, and, wait for it, Legend made history as the first black man to become an EGOT recipient.
John Legend has won 10 Grammys to his name and in 2015 he scored an Oscar for his song Glory from the movie Selma. In 2017 he won a Tony for Best Revival of a Play as a co-producer of Jitney. Legend, who played Jesus in the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar recently won his Emmy as a co-producer of the show, is also nominated for an Emmy later this month. His wife, Chrissy Teigen, took to Instagram her celebration for all three men, with the words, EGOT GOATS. She also said, “My incredible man, what a surreal life.”
After winning the award, Legend told Variety.com, “When I got into the music business it was a dream of mine to win Grammys and have plenty of success as a musician and sell lots of records and tour around the world as a performer, but I never had a dream of winning an EGOT, I didn’t even know what that was at the time.”
He also mentioned, “Tonight (08 September 2018), it’s about ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the reason we won is because first of all, Andrew and Tim created some beautiful work, and we had the privilege of performing that on television.”
Legend joins the likes of Whoopi Goldberg to win an EGOT.