‘So amazed to be in such rarefied air,’ the singer wrote after winning an Emmy for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert.’
Save room on John Legend’s trophy shelf.
The multi-hyphenate achieved EGOT status alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys, winning the outstanding variety special award for producing NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert.”
Legend became the first black man to complete the coveted entertainment-industry quadfecta — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — reached by only 15 people total. The only other black person to have won an EGOT is Whoopi Goldberg, who hit that milestone in 2002. At age 39, Legend was also one of the youngest.
“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” Legend wrote in an Instagram post. “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”
Legend’s wife, cookbook author and TV personality Chrissy Teigen, shared a video of him placing the Emmy statuette on a shelf full of awards. (“Perfect,” she said off camera.) She later tweeted a video of her husband whipping up “EGOT pancakes.”
The singer and actor’s first of 10 Grammy awards came in 2006, for best new artist. He went on to win an Oscar in 2015 for his song with Common, “Glory,” which was included on the “Selma” soundtrack. Last year, he won his Tony as co-producer of “Jitney.”
Sunday’s awards were a big night for people of color aside from Legend, too, with black performers winning the awards for all four guest actor categories — an Emmy first, as Variety noted. Tiffany Haddish’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting stint landed her best guest actress in a comedy, Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” won best guest actress in a drama, Katt Williams’ “Atlanta” role nabbed him best guest actor in a comedy, and Ron Cephas Jones of “This Is Us” won best guest actor in a drama.
As Hollywood works to increase representation both onscreen and behind the camera, this year’s Emmy nominations seemed to signal some progress: 36 actors of color received nominations this year, compared to 30 last year, by Variety’s count. The main Emmys ceremony airs Sept. 17 on NBC.
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