John Legend Wins Tony Award for 'Jitney,' Is One Emmy Away from EGOT Status
After winning multiple Grammys and a 2015 Oscar for best original song for Selma's "Glory," scoring a Tony means Legend is one award away from achieving EGOT status, a.k.a. winning all four major American entertainment awards.
August Wilson's Jitney follows a group of men who try to earn a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys, in the 1970s. The limited engagement ran from January 19 to March 12 (previews were held in December) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
JITNEY!! #TonyAwards2017— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2017
As the executive producer of Southside With You and Underground, Legend told Billboard in January what fuels his diverse resume. "Enlighten, inspire and entertain. I feel like those are the things we look for in projects," he said. "Obviously, my day job continues to be music, but I feel like we want to put out art that makes the world more interesting and more beautiful, and we’ve been able to do that."
Legend's wife, supermodel and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, took to Twitter to recognize her husband's feat. "John won a Tony!!!," she wrote. "He has a GOT!"
John won a Tony!!! He has a GOT!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 12, 2017
Like Legend, Bette Middler -- who won the Tony on Sunday night for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for Hello, Dolly! -- is also one award from achieving EGOT, missing only an Oscar.
Legend could land an Emmy nomination for his original song "In America" from WGN America's Underground, which is executive produced by the multi-hyphenate. He could also be nominated for the series as well as guest actor for his role as Frederick Douglass as he was submitted for consideration for all three categories.
Billboard reached out to Legend's rep for comment.