John Legend made history on Sunday becoming the first African-American man to capture the elusive EGOT win— Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. He was also only the second African-American to ever complete EGOT, with the first being Whoopi Goldberg, who achieved her EGOT status n 2002.
Legend scored his EGOT with an Emmy win as one of the producers of the televised version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He'd already won 10 Grammys. a Tony Award for producing Jitney and an Oscar for original song from 2014's Selma.
Legend sent out the following message on Instagram
Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories. 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.
John Legend completes his EGOT with his "Jesus Christ Superstar" Emmy win https://t.co/qUC3A2p6pI https://t.co/DhtT1QoqwQ— billboard (@billboard)1536569947.0
The EGOT has landed and he's a total Legend.... 🏆🎹🎶 https://t.co/pZLm8FGLix— BBC Entertainment (@BBC Entertainment)1536574796.0
Emmy wins usher three new members into elite "EGOT" club https://t.co/nv45ie7Qjk https://t.co/9B98YO0NyZ— CBS News (@CBS News)1536581100.0
With his Emmy win, John Legend is the first African-American man to EGOT: 🏆 E = Emmy 🏆 G = Grammy 🏆 O = Oscar 🏆 T =… https://t.co/fssZAuaSLe— AJ+ (@AJ+)1536593287.0
Only 15 people in entertainment history!
Welcome to the EGOT club @johnlegend @OfficialALW and @SirTimRice so proud to stand next you all. CONGRATS.— Whoopi Goldberg (@Whoopi Goldberg)1536581029.0
Congratulations to my good brother @johnlegend for the achievement of a lifetime. EGOT! You are an Inspiration b… https://t.co/khD6WgJX7q— COMMON (@COMMON)1536585947.0
What @johnlegend achieved last night is beyond exceptional. He is 39 years old and the first black man to win the E… https://t.co/iLfNSZdoY7— James Corden (@James Corden)1536583784.0
BIG CONGRATS TO JOHN LEGEND BECOMING THE FIRST BLACK MAN TO COMPLETE THE EGOT! SO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR YOU MAN 💯💯— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1536589842.0
Huge congrats to @johnlegend for being the first African American Male to EGOT. Maybe Tracy Jordan can be the sec… https://t.co/eNr5Kw4JSq— Zach Braff (@Zach Braff)1536598918.0
Congratulations @johnlegend on becoming the first Black man to achieve an EGOT! Well deserved.— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1536598983.0
Sure @johnlegend has an EGOT but the honorary Dundie Michael Scott would’ve given him is the real story. https://t.co/mHGdpSL3qn— Mindy Kaling (@Mindy Kaling)1536594013.0
It must be a big deal if Dictionary.com gives you a shout out.
EGOT = The honor of winning at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in competitive rather than honorary categori… https://t.co/8pZaq60D6C— Dictionary.com (@Dictionary.com)1536580867.0
And now we understand Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen's tweet.
EGOT GOATS https://t.co/WDFKGRop6n— christine teigen (@christine teigen)1536542869.0
Goat was catching on quick.
John Legend is a EGOT or GOAT.— JoJo (@JoJo)1536597297.0
There’s really nothing @johnlegend can’t do that Man is the goat— nurse gamez (@nurse gamez)1536591871.0
@johnlegend is really living up to his name. Congrats to the GOAT.— jaimito (@jaimito)1536587083.0
@Variety @johnlegend @johnlegend congratulations on the Egot status. You are the goat 🐐— Christopher (@Christopher)1536586720.0
Congratulations to Legend, Webber and Rice!
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that John Legend was the first African-American to achieve EGOT status. It has been corrected to reflect that Legend is the first African-American male to achieve this status.