John Legend is now a member of the prestigious “EGOT” group after winning the award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for his performance on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Legend, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who are the composer and lyricist of the original 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, joined the elite group to have earned Hollywood’s most prestigious awards — an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
John Legend played the role of Jesus Christ in the live television program that aired on NBC in April. At 39, he is the youngest person to achieve the legendary EGOT status, and he is also the first African-American man to win all four awards.
On Sunday, after the win, Legend took to Instagram to acknowledge the historic milestone. “Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” he wrote.
“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”
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