John Legend makes history as first African-American EGOT victor

NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy - it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.

During the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend, the singer won an award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) as a producer of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, rounding out previous wins for a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Lopez is the only person to ever achieve a "double EGOT" - this is when the person has two or more awards in each of the categories.

"Being a part of Jesus Christ Superstar was one of my favourite experiences in my career", Legend said in a statement following the nominations.

Legend earned an Oscar in 2015 for Best Original Song following penning Selma's "Glory".

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Legend was awarded his first Emmy at the annual awards show for his work in Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, and revealed that he had never in his wildest dreams thought an EGOT would eventually be added to his resume.

The musical's win for best live variety special united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go along with their Tonys, Grammys and Oscars - the four biggest prizes in show business. His Tony came later in 2017, when he produced the Broadway revival of Jitney.

Wife Chrissy Teigen posted a video of Legend using the bench from his piano to place the Emmy on the top shelf of his trophy wall.

Others who have achieved this rare honor include Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks. So watch out because he might just win that too. The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony will take place on 17 September 2018.

  • Michelle Webb