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John Legend Is Now 1 of Only 15 EGOT Winners

He's the second-youngest entertainer to bag an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony

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By: Brian Anthony Hernandez
September 4, 2018

John Legend has elevated his legendary status by achieving the rare feat of becoming an EGOT for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In fact, he's earned 10 Grammys since 2006. He added his Oscar in 2015 for "Glory" from Selma, his Tony in 2017 for Jitney, and his Emmy on Sept. 9 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. 
 

"Before [Sunday night], only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories," Legend reminded fans in a note. "Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ SuperstarSo happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air." 

 

Watch Legend add his Emmy to his trophy collection, below: 

At 39, Legend is the first black man to earn EGOT status and the second black person to accomplish one of entertainment's hardest feats (Whoopi Goldberg did it in 2002). 

 

Aside from Rice, Lloyd Webber and Goldberg, other EGOTs throughout history include Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Helen Hayes and Richard Rodgers. Legend is the second youngest out of this bunch, only behind Lopez by less than a year. 

Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, went home and celebrated by eating tacos from Del Taco and by making "EGOT pancakes." Watch, below.