Legend, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, joined the elite group to have earned Hollywood's most prestigious awards - an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony - after he won Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert".
He has won 10 Grammys, an Oscar, and a Tony. Legend - who is also up for an acting Emmy for playing the title role in the NBC production - and fellow producers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber all received Emmys for their work. So happy to be part of this team. So honoured they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. "So amazed to be in such rarefied air".More news: 7 injured in Paris knife attack; terrorism not suspected
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"It feels good to be on the brink [of that honor]", he said.
John is the second fastest to complete the feat, doing so in 12 years - just two years' shy of composer Robert Lopez's record. "Even if it doesn't happen this year, if we do more on TV, it could happen another time, but this is probably the best shot I'll have for awhile".
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, both involved in the stage production, also joined Legend as new EGOT winners. Legend was 39 years, 8 months and 13 days old.
Other entertainers to have reached EGOT status include Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Audrey Hepburn.