John Legend Becomes First Black, Youngest Man In History To Reach EGOT Status

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It was a momentous night for John Legend at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Legend took home an Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar during the non-televised ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in Los Angeles Sunday (Sept. 9).

The win makes Legend, 39, the first black man and the youngest in history, to become an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony winner). Whoopi Goldberg was the first black person to land on the predominately white list.

Legend earned of his EGOT status along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the team behind the original installment of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” Legend captioned an Instagram photo with Webber and Rice. “Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ Superstar. So happy to be part of this team,” “So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT”

Other big winners included Katt Williams scoring his first Emmy for his guest role on Atlanta, Tiffany Haddish and Donald Glover for their respective hosting gigs on Saturday Night Live, and Anthony Bourdain who won six posthumous trophies for his series Parts Unknown.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which was held a week ahead of the 70th annual Emmy Awards, celebrates “technical and creative achievement categories” in animation and scripted comedy including drama, limited series animation and scripted programming, reality, and variety programming.

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