John Legend is youngest ever EGOT status

By: HuffPost UK
John Legend
John Legend

John Legend has become the youngest person to ever reach EGOT status, and the first black man to achieve the accolade.

An EGOT is someone with all four of the main entertainment awards in America, managing to scoop an Emmy (television), a Grammy (music), an Oscar (film) and a Tony (theatre).

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On Sunday, John Legend managed to scoop the final piece in the puzzle, picking up an Emmy for his work as a producer on the musical special Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.

The 39-year-old performer already took home an Oscar in 2015 for his contribution to the Selma soundtrack, a Tony for co-producing a Broadway revival of Jitney and a total of 10 Grammys, including the prestigious Best New Artist honour.

But John Legend isn’t the only new member of the EGOT hall of fame, with both of his Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also reaching the status thanks to their win last night.

Andrew Lloyd Webber previously bagged an Oscar in 1997 for the original Evita song You Must Love Me, and two Grammys for the soundtracks to Evita and Cats.

He also received an additional prize for a requiem written for his late father. In addition to this, he was named a Grammy legend in 2010.

As one of the biggest names in contemporary musical theatre, it’s no surprise he has a total of seven Tonys, including winning a Special Tony Award for his contributions to the field earlier this year.

Tim Rice, meanwhile, has an additional two Academy Awards for his work on the Aladdin and Lion King soundtracks, the former of which also earned him three Grammys in 1993.

And just in case you thought the Emmys had somehow passed you by, last night marked the Creative Arts Emmys, with the main ceremony set to take place this weekend.

Incidentally, John Legend is up for yet another award during that ceremony, having served as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, as well as one of its co-producers.