John Legend is officially a member of the EGOT club!
Yesterday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, John Legend along with legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Weber and award winning author, Tim Rice was awarded the best variety Emmy for his work on Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, making Legend the youngest to hold the much-coveted “EGOT” title.
For those who don’t know, “EGOT” is an acronym for the four biggest awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. With Legend’s win at the Emmys last night, he joins a supremely talented (but very short) list of EGOT holders such as: Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Earl Jones just to name a few.
Legend’s EGOT status includes an Oscar win for “Best Original Song” for Glory feat. Common from the MLK biopic Selma. He holds several Grammys, most recently he was awarded “Best song written for Visual Media” also for his song Glory. Lastly, he was awarded the Tony for “Best Revival of a Play” for Jitney.
Not only is Legend a talented writer, singer, and producer but he is also a consistent advocate for social justice, backing campaigns such as the Show Me Campaign and #FREEAMERICA in addition to countless others. So the African-American community and Legend himself have much to be proud of.