Audrey Hepburn. Mel Brooks. Whoopi Goldberg. Some of the most iconic names in the entertainment industry, right? That’s probably because they all have EGOTs.
The EGOT is a compilation of the biggest awards in show business: Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys. To win one of each during your lifetime is a star’s most desired accomplishment, and it takes a multifaceted talent to get there. I mean, how many people can say that they’ve gained noteworthy prominence in all four areas?
Well, exactly 15 people, actually. 2018 churned out the most EGOT winners of any other year, with Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mr. Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, taking home an Emmy last night at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards to complete their EGOT status.
Legend was already the proud owner of 10 (10!!!) Grammys from his music career, an Oscar for his song “Glory” from 2014’s Best Picture-nominated “Selma,” and a Tony from his work as co-producer on the revival of “Jitney.” He was awarded his Emmy for the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.”
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live” was a live musical television performance of the 1970 rock opera of the same name. Webber and Rice’s EGOT completions also came from Emmys for their work on the live concert.
I should also note that Legend’s Emmy win makes him the first African-American man to achieve the EGOT. And he’s the youngest of all past winners at a lively 39.
Naturally, the social media coverage of the win from Legend and Teigen were on point.
Teigen, with a scratchy voice (presumably from cheering so hard for her husband), even documented what the average EGOT winner does after winning an EGOT -- makes pancakes.
Another notable win from last night’s awards, the “Queer Eye” Fab Five were dressed to the nines and took home three Emmys in reality program categories: Best Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Picture Editing and Outstanding Casting. Because obviously -- have you seen these guys together?
All the winners even shared an adorable moment.
Legend is up for another Emmy for his performance as Jesus Christ in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category -- you can tune in on September 17 on NBC.