John Legend becomes youngest person to reach EGOT status

Rosalie Gross
September 11, 2018

Legend wasn't the only one to clinch EGOT status - composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice also scored their Emmys for their work on the NBC special.

Legend, Webber and Rice won their Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which was awarded the best variety special victor at Sunday night's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Legend's speech continued: "I think the projects that we have done to get the EGOT have been huge collaborative efforts".

John Legend has become the youngest person to ever reach EGOT status, and the first black man to achieve the accolade. He's previously won an Oscar for his work on the song "Glory" for the movie Selma, he earned his Tony for his work as the producer for the revival of the play Jitney, and he's been nominated for and won several Grammys over the years for his fantastic music. "She inspires my songs, she inspires me want to be a better husband and father", Legend said after being asked how Chrissy Teigen inspires him.

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"BIG CONGRATS TO JOHN LEGEND BECOMING THE FIRST BLACK MAN TO COMPLETE THE EGOT!" crowed Chance the Rapper. Lopez is still technically the youngest-ever victor, as he was 39 years, 6 months, 3 days old when he won.

Legend, Rice and Lloyd Webber were the first new members of the EGOT club since 2014. So watch out because he might just win that too.

"And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day", Teigen captioned an Instagram post of Legend placing his Emmy on a wall of trophies late Sunday night. Legend took home an Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar during the non-televised ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in Los Angeles Sunday (Sept. 9). The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honor excellence in Television technical categories such as makeup, casting direction, costume design, editing and cinematography. The remainder of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards winners will be announced on Monday, September 17 on NBC.

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