>> Living up to his namesake this week, John Legend became the first Black man to attain one of the highest achievements in entertainment. The elusive EGOT, that's an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. At Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy celebration, Legend won from producing the live NBC telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar, rounding out the superfecta.
The Emmy win makes the 39-year old tied for the youngest ever to snag all four top entertainment honors. Legend's star has continued to rise since his debut album in 2004. Since then, he's racked up 10 Grammy awards, an Oscar for the original song for the movie Selma, and a Tony for producing the revival of Jitney.
But Legend's entry into the elite EGOT stratosphere, there were only 12 before now, was not the only one. Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice all joined the exclusive club at the same time. Thanks to their participation in the Jesus Christ Superstar telecast, bringing the world's total for EGOT winners to 15.
Legend, Rice, and Lloyd Webber joined fellow luminaries, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Mel Brooks in the loftiest of entertainment echelons.