John Legend Becomes First Black Man To Win An Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award

John Legend Becomes First Black Man To Win An Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award

by | 10th September 2018

Singer-songwriter John Legend won his first Emmy on Sunday at the Creative Arts Awards, making him the first black man to win the EGOTs – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.


Legend took home an Emmy for his role in NBC’s variety special “Jesus Christ Superstar” in which he is the star and executive producer.


His fellow JCS producers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber also became members of the exclusive EGOT club for the live musical’s win in the Outstanding Variety Special category.


At 39, he also tied with Robert Lopez to become the youngest man to win all four major entertainment industry awards.


John Legend, who has 10 Grammys, won a Tony award in 2017 for Best Revival of a Play as a co-producer for the August Wilson’s stage play “Jitney;” and nabbed an Oscar for his original song “Glory” in 2015.


He’s also in the running for the lead actor category at the Primetime Emmys for his role as Jesus in the variety special.


Legend took to Instagram page on Sunday evening to acknowledge the historic career milestone writing:


“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”




Other entertainers to have reached EGOT status include Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Audrey Hepburn.