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John Legend has made history by becoming the first black man to achieve EGOT status

‘What a surreal life.’

MOST PERFORMERS CAN only dream of achieving the EGOT status – the term used to describe anyone who has earned an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

But last night, John Legend did just that.

CA: 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 2 - Press Room Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Making history in more ways than one, John became the first black man and the youngest person to earn the title after winning an award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

Taking to Instagram to share a photo of himself with Jesus Christ Superstar producers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, John expressed his delight over the win.

CA: 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 2 - Press Room Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

In a poignant post which has amassed more than 195,000 likes, he shared his gratitude, writing: “So amazed to be in such rarified air.”

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. 

The 39-year-old added:

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. (sic)

John’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, paid tribute to her husband’s incredible achievement on Instagram, sharing a video of John placing the award alongside his other accolades.

And honestly, would you just look at him gazing up at it?

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And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day

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Chrissy also shared a photo of herself kissing John in the aftermath of his win, captioning the shot: ‘My incredible man. What a surreal life.”

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