John Legend becomes the first African American male and youngest ever to reach EGOT Status.
If you didn’t already know, EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. By definition, this status is given to any individual who has won all four of the American Entertainment Awards.
The prestigious awards are given to an individual with outstanding achievements in television (Emmy), recording (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony).
Legend’s Get Lifted album won him several Grammys in 2006. In 2015, the hit song Glory from the movie Selma won him an Oscar for Best Orignal Song. The Tony Award came in 2017 for co-producing the Broadway play Jitney. The cycle was completed this year when Legend brought home a Creative Arts Emmy for producing the televised musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Legend now joins an elite group as only 15 others have been able to reach said status. Other notable individuals who have achieved EGOT status are Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and Whoopi Goldberg – the first African American female to win all four awards.