Creative Arts Emmys 2018: John Legend Earns EGOT (and More Chrissy Teigen 'Arthur' Trolling)
This year's Creative Arts Emmys had the distinction of crowning not one, not two, but three brand new members of the exclusive EGOT club, with John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice all snagging statuettes on Sunday night to complete their collection. And as usual, Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, couldn't help but take the opportunity to poke some fun at her husband.
Legend, Lloyd Webber, and Rice took home the Emmy for Best Live Variety Special for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," which they co-produced alongside Craig Zadan (the late prolific producer known for his work on "Chicago" and recent Oscars telecasts), Marc Platt, Neil Meron, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, Alex Rudzinski, and Javier Winnik. But it was the first three who had also previously won a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, making them the 13th, 14th, and 15th members of the EGOT club.
Legend's new status is of particular note, since he is the first African-American man to claim EGOT status. And at 39, he's also one of the youngest people ever to earn the honor, following "Frozen" songwriter Robert Lopez, who was also 39 when he snagged his final piece of the EGOT crown (the 2014 Best Original Song Oscar, for "Let It Go").
The multi-hyphenate shared his surprise and gratitude on social media, writing on Instagram that he was "amazed to be in such rarefied air." Teigen's reaction was more succinct, calling the trio "EGOT GOATS."
But she saved the best commentary for last: Continuing to troll Legend over his resemblance to the titular aardvark on beloved kids series "Arthur."
"And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day," Teigen captioned a video of Legend adding his Emmy to his already-crowded awards shelf. (For the uninitiated, those are lyrics from the "Arthur" theme song.) No word on whether or not she had to move any of her own awards out of the way, as previously promised.
Legend may want to do some additional rearranging: He's up for yet another statuette, for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for "Jesus Christ Superstar," at next week's primetime ceremony. That show is slated to air on September 17 on NBC.