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John Legend Becomes First Black Man to Win an EGOT

John Legend lived up to his last name on Sunday when he made history by being the first Black man to become an EGOT winner.

The singer turned actor won an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, alongside Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice.

EGOT is a special achievement for people who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, which are considered the four biggest honors in the entertainment industry.

Legend also made history by becoming one of the youngest EGOT winners, having achieved the milestone at 39 years old, according to PEOPLE.

He is also nominated for outstanding actor in a limited series or movie for playing Jesus Christ in the special that aired in April.

The regular Emmy’s telecast airs on Sept. 17.

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” Legend wrote on Instagram. “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.”

Legend has taken home 10 Grammy Awards, won an Oscar for Best Song “Glory” in 2015 for the movie Selma and secured a Tony Award last year for co-producing the August Wilson play Jitney.

Legend’s wife, model Chrissy Teigen, posted a video of her husband placing his newly earned Emmy on a shelf in their home.

“And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day,” she wrote.

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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.