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A Legend amongst men

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A Legend amongst men

Maddie Galerston, Copy Editor

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The four most coveted entertainment awards- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) – have their own shows and their own giant fan followings. However, something they don’t usually share is the people winning those awards. Yet, on Sept. 17 they gained a new commonality, a man who goes by the name of John Legend.

At the 2018 Emmy Awards show Legend was awarded for producing the best variety special winner, along with the original creator Andrew Lloyd Webber for  “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” Even though Legend is most well known as a singer and as the husband of American model Chrissy Teigen, he has found fame in a couple of other places..

In 2006 Legend won his first Grammy for Best New Artist. In the twelve years since then he has racked up another nine Grammy titles. These include, but are not limited to: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Along with his ten wins he has been nominated 28 times, having at least one nomination practically every year since 2006. His most recent win was for his song “Glory,” which was written and performed  for the 2014 film Selma. This song was also his ticket into the famed society for movie awards, the Oscars.

At the 87th Academy Awards in 2015 the Film Selma was up for two separate awards: Best Picture and Best Original Song. While it didn’t score in the Best Picture department, the award instead going to Birdman or ( The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ), they did win for their song. Said song is the one by Legend and recording artist Common. Thus, at this point Legend had gained himself multiple Grammys and an Oscar, though he had yet to win either a Tony or an Emmy.

The Tony problem was solved in 2017 when he won the award for Best Play Revival in his role of the producer for Jitney. So, in September the stars aligned to allow Legend into the selective EGOT society. So far 15 people, including the most recent member, have made their way to this high status. However, only two of them are black. In 2006 Whoopi Goldberg made waves as the first black person and first black woman to reach this status. Legend is the first black male to get all four awards, as well as the youngest.

With all of this success, as well as two beautiful children, Legend appears to living the high life. As the years go on the public eye will be certainly trained to him, patiently waiting and watching for his next big thing.

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