John Legend becomes the first black man to reach EGOT status

On Sunday Sept 9, John Legend became the first African-American man to win the industry’s biggest four awards. John Legend has officially completed his EGOT after wining the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) Awards for his work as a producer on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert at the Creative Arts Emmys. 

The ceremony took place on Sunday, Sept 9. At 39 years old, the artist is the youngest person to receive the holy grail of performance accolades : Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. He’s also the first black man to land EGOT status, making history in more ways than one. 

There are actually only 14 other EGOT recipients including Whoopi Goldberg.  

''Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories. 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 Superstar. So happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT'' John shared on his Instagram page

Congrats John ! 

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