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John Legend has officially become the world’s youngest EGOT award winner.
At the 70th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards showcase in Los Angeles early this month, the Emmy award was won by John Legend, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for their production of the best variety special “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” where John played the part of Jesus Christ. He expressed his gratitude at being chosen for such a role and being a part of the team that made it happen. The three are the 13th, 14th and 15th artist to earn the EGOT membership card.
This was the final icing on the cake he needed to get into the EGOT club. His hit song “Glory”, a duet with Common, was featured in Ava DuVernay’s civil rights movie “Selma” and won him an Oscar in 2015. Before this, he already had ten Grammy award wins to his name. He won the Tony award for co-producing “Jitney” on Broadway in 2017. Through Jitney, the August Wilson stage play in 1982 was revived.
His ever-supportive wife and model, Chrissy Teigen took to instagram to express her joy in a picture with her man and the caption “my incredible man. What a surreal life!” She ended this with a video of John looking dashing in his tuxedo from the ceremony placing the latest award to his collection on the top shelf as she whispers “perfect.” The aww-producing video has attracted more than five million views.
Almost every news and media channel is abuzz with the news especially after his wife released the video on Instagram. Why is this achievement a big deal? You should know that John Legend is the first black man to ever reach the status of EGOT. No other black person has won it since Whoopi Goldberg completed hers in 2002. Hence, this is a victory that is historic especially in the fight for racial equality.
Fans were not left out of this as they also took to their social media pages to congratulate John on his latest achievement and historic victory. We are definitely on the lookout for this star and the many more awards he is sure to accumulate.