Singer/songwriter John Legend shared in the Tony Awards win for “Jitney” on Sunday night. Legend has already taken home 10 Grammys, as detailed below, and an Oscar in 2015 for co-writing the Best Song winner “Glory” with Common for “Selma.” That leaves him just an Emmy shy of completing the EGOT.
Legend was credited as an associate producer on this first Broadway production of “Jitney,” the late August Wilson‘s play about gypsy cab drivers in 1977. Written in 1982, this was the eighth of 10 plays in “The Pittsburgh Cycle” and the only one not to have been on Broadway before. Legend worked with the Manhattan Theater Club to get it to the rialto.
As for that Emmy, Legend is an executive producer on the WGN series “Underground,” which is in contention at this year’s awards. Were he to prevail this year, he’ll have completed the EGOT in 11 years and be the youngest to do so at age 38. However, he would rank second time to Robert Lopez who did it in 10 years, from his Tony win for “Avenue Q” in 2004 to his Oscar for “Let It Go” from “Frozen” in 2014. In between, he won a Daytime Emmy for “The Wonder Pets” in 2008 and a Grammy for the cast album of “The Book of Mormon” in 2012.
Legend’s 10 Grammy wins were as follows:
Best New Artist
Best R&B Album (“Get Lifted”)
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Ordinary People”)
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Heaven”)
Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals (“Family Affair” with Joss Stone and Van Hunt)
Best R&B Performance By a Due or Group with Vocals (‘Stay with Me [By the Sea]’ with Al Green)
Best R&B Song (‘Shine’)
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance (“Hang On In There” with The Roots)
Best R&B Album (Wake Up! with The Roots)
Best Song Written for Visual Media (‘Glory’ from “Selma”)