John Legend Just EGOT’dSeptember 11, 2018
BY JOSHUA RIVERA
Chrissy Teigen’s husband, the incredibly stylish polymath John Legend, made history over the weekend when he, alongside Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, won an Emmy for producing the winner of this year’s Best Variety Special Emmy, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. With said Emmy, Legend has become the first black man to win the entire quartet of major entertainment awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Or EGOT, as the kids say.
At 39, Legend is also one of the youngest to achieve EGOT fame—only Robert Lopez, the songwriter who co-wrote “Let It Go,” was younger at the time he went EGOT, and only by one year. If you want to keep score, the bulk of Legend’s EGOT-achieving work was done in the past three years. He got his Oscar in 2015 for co-writing “Glory” with Common for Selma, his Tony for co-producing a 2017 revival of August Wilson’s Jitney, and as for Grammys—well, the man’s won ten of those across twelve years, and been nominated for many more.
Of course, we could be in for several more John Legend awards, as Sunday’s win came from the Creative Arts Emmys, which recognizes a lot of behind-the-scenes work that isn’t honored during the main Primetime Emmys broadcast, to be held next week. At that event, Legend is also up for his performance as Jesus—which we loved and which you should watch. Will he double-EGOT in record time? Who knows. Either way, Chrissy Teigen’s tweets will be good.