LEGEND ACHIEVES THE EGOT
IAgencies t was a crazy night last Sunday for artist John Legend. There were awards. Historic wins. The wrong tacos. Legend took home a Creative Arts Emmy for his role in producing the televised musical
That win completed the set for the rarefied achievement in the arts known as the EGOT — claiming an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
He joins only 14 others who have received the quadruple crown, a distinguished list that includes Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks and composer Richard Rodgers (the first to have received all four).
But even on that unofficial list, Legend stands out. At 39, he is the second youngest to achieve the status by only eight months, and also the second fastest to achieve the distinction.
It took Legend 12 years to finish after he began with a Grammy win in 2006 for best new artist. He went on to win nine others. Only Robert Lopez of
was younger, by less than a year. And he completed the set in 10 years.
Perhaps just as remarkably, there were only 12 EGOT champions before Sunday. But five awards for
earned three admissions into the club, bringing the total to 15. Composer and theatre living legend Andrew Lloyd Webber received an Emmy, as did lyricist Tim Rice.
Legend's meteoric career netted a Tony Award last year for co-producing the August Wilson revival
He claimed an Oscar in 2015 with Common for best original song for the film
With his EGOT, he became the second African American member after Whoopi Goldberg.
The Creative Emmys represent a sort of Emmys pregame show, with awards given out for categories like technical categories, guest acting appearances and variety specials.
And though Hollywood awards programmes have been besieged in recent years with accusations of racial bias, including #Oscarssowhite, the Emmys hit a landmark for diversity last weekend. All four guest acting categories over the weekend were awarded to African-american actors.
The Creative Emmys also provide an early boost for network bragging rights. HBO currently leads the way with 17 Emmy wins, followed closely by Netflix’s 16. In July, when the Emmy nominations were announced, Netflix snapped HBO’S 17-year streak of most Emmy nominations among a television network.
But if HBO can prevail through the main ceremony on Monday, it will extend its run of earning the most Emmys among all TV networks to 17 consecutive years, a feat that will help soften the blow from July.