Got EGOT?

September 15, 2018

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Ever watch a TV show and think to yourself, “That show is awesome and deserves an award”? Well, every year for the last sixty-nine years, the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences has hosted the Emmys, an awards show that recognizes the best in US television. Although best known for its televised Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy also hosts the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the Engineering Emmy Awards. This year, musician, actor, singer, producer, and man of many talents, John Legend, took home an Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar, a Broadway musical that was reproduced for television. Mr. Legend, along with his co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, won for the category of “Outstanding Variety Special.”

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Now, that’s wonderful in and of itself, but what makes Mr. Legend’s win even more special? He earned a spot in the prestigious EGOT club! What’s that, you ask? It’s a group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—the four major US entertainment awards. Not only has John Legend achieved an incredible status (there were only twelve people in this club before his win!), but he’s the first African American man to do so. Congratulations, John Legend, on your achievements!

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