John Legend Secures the “E” in His EGOT

Let's get Legend-ary!

What do Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch, Whoopi Goldberg, and now John Legend have in common? Yes, they’ve all made out with Chrissy Tiegen, but more importantly, they’re all winners of the four most prestigious entertainment awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, collectively known as the EGOT.

Legend—a 10-time Grammy-winner, a 2015 Oscar-winner for the song “Glory” from Selma, and a 2017 Tony-winner for the revival of August Wilson’s Jitney—completed his trophy collection last night at the Creative Arts Emmys for producing NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which we all totally saw. The TV musical also made EGOT’ers out of serial Tony-snatchers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (they have nine between them). Here they are living their best gold-plated lives:

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At 39, Legend is among the youngest to achieve the feat, though the record for youngest EGOT’er belongs to Robert Lopez, i.e. the guy who co-wrote The Book of Mormon and Frozen’s “Let It Go,” who also completed the task in a brisk 10 years, following his first win for the score to Broadway’s dirty puppet extravaganza, Avenue Q, in 2004. Legend is also the first black man to achieve an EGOT in all competitive categories, as there are those secondary EGOT citizens who have honorary awards; nobodies like Babs Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Quincy Jones, James Earl Jones, and Harry Belafonte.

There’s also that subset of pop culture nerds who don’t consider a Daytime Emmy a proper “E” but if a Daytime Emmy is good enough for Judith Light, it’s good enough for me. And finally, Legend is the second EGOT’er who is primarily a musician, behind only Hamlisch. Of course, Legend also starred in Jesus Christ Superstar and is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. We’ll have to wait till September 17 when the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards air on NBC to see if he wins over Darren Criss’s dead body.

Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for Viola Davis to record an audio version of an Oprah’s Book Club selection so she can cruise to a Grammy and her own much-deserved EGOT.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat