John Legend Wins Tony Award for ‘Jitney,’ Is One Emmy Away from EGOT Status


John Legend Tony Award

John Legend is on a roll!

The R&B crooner kept the winning going on Sunday night (June 11) when he was awarded a Tony as co-producer of Jitney, which won the award for best play revival.

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 rare 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.

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 Legend is currently still traveling across North America on his “Darkness and Light Tour,” which he will close out at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

via Billboard.

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