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September 10, 2018

Penn alum John Legend becomes the first black man, and the youngest artist, to ever reach EGOT status

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John Legend, winner for outstanding variety special for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The award makes Legend the youngest person, and the first black man, to achieve EGOT status.

John Legend made history during Sunday night's Creative Arts Emmy Awards when he became the youngest person, and the first black man, to ever reach EGOT status – the rare career achievement of having won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.

Thirty-nine-year-old Legend, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, joins a small club. A mere 15 people have achieved EGOT status, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also joining the ranks Sunday night. The three men were awarded for their work producing "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," which won for best variety special winner. Legend also starred in the production.

Other EGOT achievers include Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mel Brooks. Many EGOT recipients are music composers and producers, such as Richard Rodgers and Robert Lopez.

Legend won an Oscar in 2015 for best original song, winning alongside Common for "Glory," which appeared in "Selma." The artist has 10 Grammy's to his name, beginning with the awards for best new artist and best R&B album in 2006.

He received a Tony Award in 2017 as a co-producer of "Jitney," which won for best revival of a play. He also was nominated for best original score for "SpongeBob SquarePants" this year.

Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen celebrated the milestone on social media.


The accolades aren't necessarily over for Legend. He is nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in "Jesus Christ Superstar."

The 70th annual Primetime Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 17 on NBC.


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